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Marara school first recipient of REP’s pilot project

REP pre-employment training participants with trainer, George Dora standing far right

MARARA Community High School in northwest Guadalcanal is the first to receive support from Rapid Employment Project (REP) pilot sub-project implementation apart from Honiara.

This occurred after the Honiara City Council (HCC) and Guadalcanal Province signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last month, paving way for the implementation of REP pilot sub-projects within the peri-urban areas.

A one week Pre-Employment Training (PET) component under REP commences yesterday to prepare around 20 unemployed people to embark on work under the rapid employment scheme.

This paper was told yesterday that the 20 participants will later involve under the scheme by constructing drainage, walkways and slabs connecting classrooms, school administration office blocks, school library and science lab.

REP-PET component Social Service Coach Alison Pita said PET component gives life skills training which will enable them to work under the rapid employment scheme and also prepare them for future employment opportunities.

Trainer George Dora introduces yesterday’s topics

REP pre-employment training social service coach, Alison Pitu during an
orientation with the participants yesterday

Trainer, George Dora yesterday covered four topics of the day which includes environment and community responsibility, workplace safety and tool, work relations and financial skill and management.

This week’s training is the 341st class since REP was introduced in the country in 2011.

The 20 participants that joined the training were selected from in and around the nearby Kakabona and Tanagai area.

Marara CHS Principal, John Botsi is pleased that his school was chosen to be the first to benefit from the project.

“We are indeed happy to receive this project, we will surely benefit from the walkways and slabs which will enable teachers and student to walk on within the school compound.”

He thanked HCC and Guadalcanal province for choosing Marara CHS as the first site to receive support from the REP pilot sub-project.

Group activity yesterday

Island Sun understands that this undertaking comes as a result of the latest additional financing from the World Bank-IDA amounting to US$1.9 million that has recently approved in December 2016.

REP-PET component team leader Judith Fangalasuu, was also present yesterday and encouraged participants to pursue the one week training.

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