Active Citizens – Serua Cascade
Active Citizens Fiji was at Serua Island from 16 – 19 October 2018, conducting workshops for the women of Serua village. The chiefly island of Serua is situated south-west of Viti Levu and home to the Vunivalu, the vanua of Korolevu. The workshop comprises of 4 modules which covers the relational component of a community. From knowing oneself and their identity to knowing others and their community; and working together towards social action and enterprise. They also discussed issues that affect them and the challenges they face in addressing them, which many a times limits progress and forward moving. Joining this women’s workshop were the Divisional Superintendent of the Methodist Church and the village headman, who came to listen to women’s discussions and the plight they are faced with everyday. This discussion brought about a lot of soul searching and deep reflection about the community and the relational networks that will bring about success and prosperity. Part of the discussion were the types of business model and business activities that will ease and assist women in addressing issues that matters most. This will be their collective approach towards sustainable entrepreneurial activities.
(Pictured below are the workshop participants from the island of Serua; co-facilitators from Fiji’s Soqosoqo Vakamarama, Ministry of iTaukei Affairs & Foundation of Needy Children; and staff of iTaukei Trust Fund Board)
The British Council’s Active Citizens programme is a social leadership programme that promotes inter-cultural dialogue and community-led social development. It is delivered through a network of partners around the world, involving civil service organizations, local authorities, communities and groups. In Fiji, the British Council launched the Active Citizens programme through the iTaukei Trust Fund Board as its local delivery partner, sponsoring the trial phase of the programme including the TOT and cascading workshops in different communities. The programme started in 2016, and since then they have trained facilitators who will in turn cascade the programme into their communities to train people in the skills and knowledge needed to affect social change. Featured below are communities from Kanakana in Cakaudrove and Fieldworkers from Rewa:
Label of Authenticity
The Label of Authenticity (LOA) project was an initiative by the Department of Culture and Heritage in 2005, to develop a seal or label to authenticate works of art by Fijian and Rotuman artists. The aims were to promote the works of indigenous artisans both nationally and internationally; to retain ownership and copyright over their productions; and maintain the integrity of Fijian and Rotuman culture. Most countries use this approach to protect artisans and craftspeople from exploitation of their designs, motifs and original art works. TTFB sponsored the LOA project at the cost of FJD$60,000 in 2005 and 2006.