FinED Fiji Project First Professional Development Workshop for Secondary Teachers

April 21, 2011

The Fiji Financial Education Curriculum Development (FinED Fiji) Project, involves the integration and strengthening of financial education within the school curriculum over a two year period. By 2013, it is expected that on an annual basis, 197,000 students will have exposure to financial education at all schooling levels from Class 1 through to Form 6. This groundbreaking initiative is funded by the Australian Aid Programme in Fiji and is jointly managed by the Ministry of Education and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme. Young Enterprise Trust of New Zealand (YET), are the providers of specialist and technical services to the Project.

The FinED Fiji Project’s first professional development workshop for regional champion teachers was held at the UNDP Pacific Centre in Suva from the 18th20th April 2011. The Workshop, the first of many, brought together fourteen Form 4 secondary school teachers from three school districts in Fiji, curriculum advisory officers of the Ministry of Education and Project personnel.

During the Workshop, the teachers were exposed to financial education and the Project, financial education learning outcomes, methods of integrating the management of money and investing within Form 4 Commerce Studies, teaching resources and methods of delivering the learning outcomes, assessment materials, in addition to supplementary material to the new Commerce Studies Form 4 Task.

Regional champion teachers are the pioneer teachers who will be actively involved in facilitating training and financial education professional development in their school districts. They have the exciting role of being actively involved in integrating financial education within the curriculum as well as being the first to teach financial education within their schools in Commerce Studies at Form 4.

Ms. Iva Raicebe of Shiri Guru Nanak Khalsa College at the closing of the Workshop, challenged her fellow champion teachers to take what they had learnt at the Workshop and to “…make this financial education learning experience useful for our schools, our communities, for us as teachers, but most importantly for our students. So that in giving our best on financial education to our students, we are able to impart an important life skill and ensure our students are able to manage their own money and investments wisely. The introduction of personal money management within existing subjects will dynamically strengthen the financial future of our families and our communities.”

The following secondary schools and teachers are the financial education regional champions at the secondary level.

REGIONAL CHAMPION SCHOOLS REGIONAL CHAMPION TEACHERS

  • Jai Narayan College: Mr. Praneel Dayal
  • Marist Brothers High Schoo:l Mrs. Kanta Achari
  • Dudley High School: Mr. Abikash Prasad
  • Queen Victoria School: Mr. Kitione Raibevu
  • Gospel High School : Mrs. Lice Kavika
  • Yat Sen Secondary School:  Mr. Paul Young
  • Suva Muslim College: Mrs. Roshni Reddy
  • Ratu Kadavulevu School: Mr. Sakeasi Tawaketini
  • Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School: Mr. Ilaitia Toroki
  • Suva Grammar School: Mr. Vamarasi Motufaga
  • Swami Vivekananda College: Mr. Avinesh Narayan
  • Natabua High School: Mr. Josaia Kuruduadua
  • Shiri Guru Nanak Khalsa College :Mrs. Iva Tagiveitaua
  • All Saints Secondary School :Mrs Mereani Paodi

The next financial education professional development workshop for teachers will be held in June 2011.

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) is a Pacific-wide programme helping to provide sustainable financial services to low income households. It is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) and operates from the UNDP Pacific Centre