More trainers for program

Participants during the Heritage in Young Hands: Training for Trainers workshop at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort in Sigatoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Participants during the Heritage in Young Hands: Training for Trainers workshop at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort in Sigatoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort’s Heritage in Young Hands program has been given a major boost with the inclusion of more trainers for the young rangers.

The program which enlists primary school students to learn and participate in environment conservation activities was implemented by the resort in the past three years.

This week, the resort hosted 17 community members in a three-day training the trainers’ workshop in preparation for a new term of environment focused learning for primary school students in Sigatoka.

General manager Francis Lee said they were proud to be part of this unique partnership with the National Trust of Fiji.

“Our two-year environmental program has seen at least 25 students from our five surrounding schools graduate as junior rangers,” he said.

“This program aims to empower and facilitate positive change with our youth in our communities.”

Heritage in Young Hands’ Jason Tutani said the workshop for the new trainers would ensure that the educators would be equipped to teach their rangers.

“The main aim of the workshop is to create a pool of community educators to help us sustain the Heritage in Young Hands program,” he said.

“What we are doing now is we are looking into our own organisation and encouraging staff members to come on board and to join the core team that is running the program so the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort’s has attracted interested staff members who want to be part of our program.

“We have also reached out to our stakeholders who have helped us over the past three years to be part of this workshop where they can help in educating the participants about our heritage sites and the environment.”

The workshop will end on Wednesday.