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Archived News: September 2007

From Monifa Fiu in Suva (17 September 2007)

LajeRotuma, in partnership with schools on Rotuma Island, are coordinating the first ever Eco-Camp, aimed at bringing over 300 school children to the Oinafa Bay area to share environmental messages and learn more about their natural island environment. This is a 3-day event whereby the young campers will participate in art workshops facilitated by reknowned Fiji artist Craig Marlow and science teacher/artist Alfred Ralifo. Field trips will be made up to the lush green hills, and participants will swim in the crystal turquoise, clear waters and snorkel in the surrounding reefs. The dates for the Rotuma Schools Eco-Camp are from the 4-6 December, 2007.

LajeRotuma is now inviting volunteers to contact the core team for more information on how you can participate as the camp dates coincide with the holidays. In the coming weeks, LajeRotuma will provide regular updates on the preparation for the Rotuma Schools Eco-Camp.

Rotuma schools’ eco-camp schedule 2007 (pdf)

Rotuma schools’ eco-camp sponsorship plan (pdf)

From Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (16 September 2007)

Distance learning available in FIT

The Fiji Institute of Technology is now reaching avid learners from outer Islands in the country and other Regional countries with its Open and Distance Learning mode.

Programme coordinator Veniana Salabogi said since the school’s inceptions in 2003, many school leavers and tertiary students are not aware of this service being offered at FIT.

Salabogi said part of the course is the Bridging Programme, which allows school leavers and working people access to further studies from where ever they are.

“The learning center is one of the 11 schools under FIT and in here we have three units that make the learning center the human resources development Unit, is the research and development and the other one is the Open and distance learning Unit. This is a very new school and it was established in 2003 and we are fairly young but we are really reaching out to the whole of Fiji especially reaching out to the outlining outlying islands and reaching as far as Rotuma and we have students that enroll with us from Tuvalu and Samoa”.

From Fiji Times Online (15 September 2007)

Japan trip for Fatiaki

DISABLED sports coach Fred Fatiaki will attend a training course in Japan on the promotion of social participation of persons with disabilities through sports.

The course begins on September 17 and ends on November 3 and targets the management and coaching of athletes with disabilities.

The 29-year-old Fatiaki, who himself is disable, hopes to return and help athletes with disabilities qualify for the 2008 Paralympics.

"When coaching persons with disabilities, one must try to understand the athlete and be able to map out a training program that is suitable," Fatiaki said.

"I hope to return from Tokyo with a better knowledge of drawing up programs for persons with disabilities.

"I also hope that the course will assist me in getting the athletes qualified for the Paralympics next year in Beijing, China and achieve their personal bests."

A former athlete himself, Fatiaki keeps himself busy coaching a number of athletes including high jumper and amputee Iliesa Delana and blind runner Ruci Senikula.

Fatiaki said Fiji's best chance of winning a medal at the Paralympics stood with Delana.

"He is our best bet.

"The world record stand at 1.96 meters and Iliesa and jumped 1.72 meters.

"We hope to get him at 1.80 before the Paralympics," a confident Fatiaki said.

He leaves for Japan on Monday.

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