Retired teachers off to Kiribati

TEN retired teachers will soon leave for Kiribati to work for two years under the Fiji Volunteer Services Scheme.

This is after the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Fijian Government and the Government of Kiribati on Thursday

Ministry of Employment permanent secretary Salaseini Dunabuna said the MOA would provide an opportunity for the retired Fijian teachers to share their knowledge and information with the people of Kiribati.

“Today (yesterday) is very unique because we will be signing for the first time with the Government of Kiribati,” Ms Dunabuna said.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to send our retired teachers into the region and to be able to share the skills and knowledge with our Pacific Island nations. We will encourage our volunteers to be the best ambassadors they can be and they are bringing a lot of experience.”

The volunteers are expected to begin work in Kiribati next month.

Kiribati High Commissioner Reteta Rimon acknowledged Fiji for the continued partnership.

“Thank you for this very unique opportunity to expand our existing co-operations,” Ms Rimon said.

She said speaking fluent English had always been a challenge for the people of Kiribati.

“English speaking is a problem and most of our students and the population speak Kiribati all the time, so having experienced teachers like these retired teachers is just of great boost.

“It is very encouraging to see Fiji sharing this with other Pacific islands,” she added.

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