Education  Fiji Project #23260

Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji

by Virtues Project International Association
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Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Changing the Culture of Violence in Fiji
Oct 2, 2020

EXPANDING VIRTUES ACTIVITIES FROM REQUESTS

young women at workshop
young women at workshop

The demand for training with The Virtues Project has increased in Fiji as people seek ways and means to deal with the challenges of the current situation. While Fiji did not have to deal with active covid 19 with the government rapid response to the virus with two week isolation for people coming into the country it has had to deal with the economic repercussions of the loss of tourism. Job losses, social distancing and low numbers allowed to gather has brought more stress with its dire results in an increase in abuse, suicide, rape and other social ills. In such an environment the demand for knowing how the Virtues Project can help has increased. In particular women and youth groups have called for help and our facilitators have risen to the demand with the assistance of GlobalGiving donations to cover travel and communications expenses.

This is what the facilitator has reported:

Virtues project Fiji was part of the Lautoka District Council of Social Services that went to a village in Yasawa Islands to distributed food rations to children whose parents were no longer working due to the economic crash following the layoffs from tourism as a result of the pandemic. During that trip I was invited to have a session with 25 youths which consist of thirteen males and twelve females. Fourteen of these youth used to be employed at nearby resort which are currently not operational due to the pandemic. Currently these youths only source of income is from the sale of the resources from the sea (fish, crabs, edible seaweed shell fish and octopus).  

The evening talanoa (discussion) session covers the five strategies of the Virtues.  There were few discussions about what they think that will keep them sustainable during this pandemic. Even though their land is not very fertile they were thinking to get into agriculture assistance to provide information and seedlings for vegetables to enable them to provide well balance meal at home.  They are also doing root crop farming which they barter along with fish to their families in  Lautoka or Suva in return of groceries. Since they have a lot of coconut trees the youth have taken the initiative to make sasa brooms and virgin oil as a source of income. 

They realise that the five strategies empower them to become a responsible and confidence person drawing away the fear of being shy and laziness. It also empowers them to be use creativity in the current situation they are facing. 

The other training which I conducted was for twenty young women leaders with their age range from thirteen to twenty five.  It was a one day session where we discussed the five strategies and how it mould them to become young leaders. Most of these young women understood about virtues as it is part of the moral values program in school but understanding the purpose of the program was not clear to them until after our group work. Four of these young women are attending high school and they are happy that this program will help them in making better choices in their lives. The rest of the young women are attending universities and or other tertiary institutions. These young women were able to understand being a leader needs lot of understanding.  They need to look deep into the heart of a matter to make a wise decision.  They also realise the importance of listening as they realise this is something that is missing nowadays with youth being into Facebook and tiktok.

The young women have come up with the idea to meet once a week and discuss issues that currently affecting young women in their area and how they would be able to assist and also support local social services group in assisting these young women.

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