The Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Salaseini Daunabuna today met with the Minister for Education and Training of the Government of Tonga, Honourable Penisimani Epenisa Fifita to discuss future collaboration on the Volunteer Scheme for retired teachers that is currently administered by the Fiji Volunteer Services of the National Employment Centre.
The purpose of the visit was to study the framework of the Fiji Volunteer Services, its legislation’s and operations to be able to establish in the near future a volunteer scheme for retired teachers in Tonga. The Tongan Delegation was informed of the growing recognition of volunteerism in Fiji which was evident through increased funding by Government since its establishment in 2012 and the successful placement of volunteer teachers and nurses in Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands and Nauru.
The Tongan Minister for Education and Training was very appreciative of the information shared on the establishment of the Fiji Volunteer Services particularly on the engagement of graduates, skilled unemployed persons and retirees serving society in the spirit of volunteering in any local or regional undertakings.
At the end of the information sharing, both Governments agreed on strengthening ties for future partnership and collaboration.
The Tongan Minister for Education and Training was accompanied by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Corporate Services/UNESCO Affairs Division), Lucy Moala-Mafi of the Ministry of Education and Training in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.