National Fisheries Authority renews training deal with Education Department

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PORT MORESBY, 27 NOVEMBER 2018 (POST COIURIER) – Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (NFA) has again, renewed its support to Technical and Vocational Education and Training Institutions conducting fisheries courses around the country through the signing of an MOU between NFA and the Department of Education Monday.

The signing was a renewal of the previous memorandum of understanding signed in 2015.

The MoU stipulates NFA’s continuous help to provide support and resources to TVET institutions that are conducting fisheries courses .

Managing Director for NFA John Kasu said that since 2014, NFA has committed funding, infrastructure support, and capacity building to fisheries instructors to support TVET institutions.

Three notable support include funding provided for eight fisheries instructors to PNG Education Institute for their Diploma of teaching TVET certificates , Funding for two fisheries buildings, one at Badili Vocational Centre in Port Moresby and Woolnough Vocational Centre In East New Britain and capacity building for the Highlands TVET instructors for the certificate one in Aquaculture in 2017.

“Fisheries is an important program for us to work close with the Department of Education through TVET,” Mr Kasu said.

He also said the MoU is vital and a productive catalyst for TVET schools in developing the necessary capacity and skills required to work not only in the fishing industry but also skills that can be transferred and utilised within the local community.

Also present at the signing was Secretary for the Depart of Education Dr Uke Kombra, who acknowledged the work done together in partnership.

“Fisheries is a very important resource sector of our country, it supports the local livelihood of most of the coastal villagers and is also a very important resource as it generates income for the country” he said.

Dr Kombra said a curriculum has been provided this year to train students from vocational and training centers.

The MoU was extended for three years, a year extra from the previous MoU of two years.

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