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School introduces agricultural studies

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 15, 2014

THE signing of a memorandum of understanding between the South Seas Cruises's Vinaka Fiji and the Ministry of Youth and Sports has enabled Yasawa High School to offer agricultural studies to vocational students.

Seventeen students are enrolled in the course which teaches students the basics of farming and farm management.

Vinaka Fiji operations manager Elenoa Nimacere said the two-year course was a sustainable way for people from villages in and around Naviti Island to have other forms of income.

"We're trying to introduce more ways these people can make more money by setting up their own farms and with this knowledge, these students can take it back to their own communities and help their people," she said.

"We are very grateful to the ministry for coming on board and allowing Yasawa High School to use this curriculum and integrate into the vocational school."

School principal Sala Vereivalu said the program had been encouraging.

"We expect a lot of positive outcomes from this program as it teaches students to set up their own farms and how to manage it," she said.

"In a way this also contributes to decreasing urban drift where students go to the main land to search for work.

"With this they can set up their own businesses at home and supply their produce to nearby hotels."

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