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AusAID program targets development in Malampa

By Jane Joshua PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Dec. 17, 2009) – Malampa, Vanuatu has high hopes that the new AusAID-funded Technical Vocational Educational Training (TVET) Centre will serve as the catalyst for more developments in the province.

[PIR editor’s note: Malampa is a province of Vanuatu made up of three main islands: Malakula, Ambrym and Paama. It has a population of 36,100 people and an area of 2,779 km². Its capital is Lakatoro.]

The officials present viewed the opening of the centre Monday as a step in the right direction for Malampa.

They included officials from the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Ministry of Education, AusAID, Department of Labour, The Vanuatu National Training Council (VNTC), Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centre's Association (VRDTCA), University of the South Pacific (USP), Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) and the Sanma and Malampa Director General’s, Secretary General’s and Planners.

Sanma SG Joel Path joined colleague Malampa Province president Robson Aisen who opened the centre to say they are convinced all people in Malampa will benefit from the TVET centre.

From the Chiefs, chief representative Fredrick Malapa applauded the establishment saying they want more development on the island and Malampa as a whole.

Malampa Provincial Training board Chairman Renjo Samuel said while the event calls for celebration the challenge now is how to sustain its operations and this would be what the Malampa TVET staff will be committed to carrying out.

In the nine months since its inception the TVET center in Malampa has provided local communities in Craig Cove, Willit, Portvato and Ranon with training in business management and awareness.

Moreover trainings in Ambrym, Malekula and Paama have been organized for 2010 to provide rural communities skills in vanilla processing, catering, fabric printing, housekeeping, high value crops planting and rural fishing.

Communities, parties or productive sector groups who seek training to increase productivity who wants to improve or start a business should tap into this service provider.

Both the Malampa and TVET Centres have benefited from an upgrade of facilities and are a ‘One Stop Shop’ supporting training providers who seek funding support to deliver courses that will result in improved income or employment.

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