The students are on attachment at the ministry’s offices in Nausori, Suva and Ba for three months.
While welcoming them at the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation headquarters at the Civic Towers in Suva this morning, PS Dr Koroivueta said this was not only an opportune time for the students, but also for the ministry staff to learn about innovative ways of doing things in the field of social work.
“Your undertaking with the ministry is a great show of commitment by the university, and also an opportunity for you not only as a placement schedule within your study but also to share some of the learnings in the field of social work in the changing social landscape in Fiji,” PS Dr Koroivueta said.
The PS assured the students of their support in the shared understanding and vision to do what it takes to transform the lives of people – whether they are children, teenagers, youths, those in the twilight years of life or people with disabilities.
“We look forward that this cooperation will continue. On our side, we benefit because our people will be able to supervise at a level which will be recognised by the university. It gives us good image when we have that relationship.
“We hope there will be some training arrangements that some of our staff could take part in the learning’s from you whether it’s supervisory level or whether it is at a lower level,” PS Dr Koroivueta said.
The students – Tara Nicolson, Simone Kaldas, Claire Wilson, Sam Langley and Maureen Singh – have been in Fiji for some weeks now.
Ms Wilson said they were grateful for the opportunity to be attached with and learn from the ministry.
They also presented a small token of appreciation to the ministry for the work it does around the country.
The students will be travelling to Yasawa for a week next Monday with officials from the Women’s Ministry, Legal Aid and other ministries to witness how Government services are taken to the doorsteps of Fijians living in maritime areas.
They will be attached with the ministry till October, 2018.