Teaching the Virtues
Come with us to the village of Nawaqadamu which is located high up through the pine forests and past plateaus overlooking the Mamanuca Islands (a popular tourist designation) then drive another 11km inland to reach the village. While traveling in these rough terrains you have to pass 4 creeks which when flooded prevent a return until the floods have gone.. Traveling distance from Nadi town to the village is 23 km. There are more than 100 people living in this village. Most of the villager stays at a nearby sheep farming or cane farming area and only come up to the village when there is an important function held.
Virtues Project Fiji did a Virtues training for women which was held at Uto village for Uto and Nawaqadamu women’s in 2009.
The project goal was to provide parenting skills through the Virtues Project aimed at building Family Unity for the communities in the Ba Province.
At that time the villages were untidy, depressing places to live and people had no self respect. The two villages had a kindergarten which always ran at their village hall or a house. There was a primary school located between the two villages to cater for students in these villages as well as provide boarding for students from other more remote villages. Once their children past their class 8 exams their moved to town to stay with relatives so that they can pursue their secondary education.
Many children dropped out of school due to students peer pressure and teenage pregnancies. Children were facing difficulties with their education due to lack of support from home and also homesick when staying with relatives who were not very supportive. Only one person had reached tertiary education from these communities.
The village’s source of income was cane farming, cassava and freshwater mussels and prawns which were sold at the Nadi Market.
Nine years later in 2018
Many positive changes had taken place as the result of the parenting training which was done 9 years ago. The village of Nawaqadamu had increased its populationfrom 38 to70 households
The women in Nawaqadamu and Uto villages had made significant contributions in their village development. Nawaqadamu now have a shop which was operated by the youth who went on to find employment so the women’s group now runs the shop. The women have other income generating projects to support them individually which which includes a canteen, sewing and handcrafts which they sell to tourist.
In October, 2014 the villages opened Buruwa kindergarten to offer quality early childhood education to the children of Vagadra, Namoli, Buruwa and Nawaqadamu.
They have a new secondary school which was open in February, 2016. The Nasesevia Junior Secondary School serves four villages – Nawaqadamu, Uto, Vunamoli and Vagadra as well as the two settlements of Loqi and Rada.
The mothers agree that now they can enjoy quality time with their children and encourage them to work hard in school and secure a better future for themselves.
The Nawaqadamu villages have one registered service carrier to transport children to school every day.
There are increasing numbers of children attending higher education at the university and some have graduated and are working as bank officers, nurse, police officers, hotel workers and in business.
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