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Monday, October 16, 2006

TARD concludes its voluntary Academic Training Programs

The To'abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) has successfully concluded its academic training sessions for its members and other Solomon Islands students, with its last session yesterday at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

Through the voluntary committment of TARD's chairman and its executives, interested students were trained on how to master essay writing; how to write good research reports; how to write good covering letters; how to write good CV/resume; and how to prepare for, handle and follow up after a job interview.

The academic training sessions which run for three sundays, each of 2-3 hours, has upgraded the capacity building of more than 40 Solomon Islands students at the University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus and the Fiji School of Medicine. Students who have participated in the TARD sessions hail from different parts of the Solomons and specialise in diverse disciplines ranging from a Diploma level up to a postgraduate level.

Yesterday's training session was a repeat session on how to master essay writing and how to write a good research paper. The first session on these two topics was undertaken last month to about 18 students. However, due to the great need for mentoring on these specific topics a repeat session was held yesterday for more than 10 Solomon students. Those who attended yesterday's session include:

1. David Dalaume (Temotu)
2. Catherine Liolea (To'abaita/Renbel)
3. Lillian Kaforau (Kwara'ae)
4. Steven Filiomea (To'abaita)
5. Alex Buani (Kwaio)
6. Brian Fred Ulufia (Fataleka)
7. Trevor Maeda (To'abaita)
8. William Fikutoa (To'abaita)
9. Nickson Fifiri (Lau)
10. Johnmark Maefiti (Baegu/Asifola)
11. Timothy Aihunu (Are'are)

The training program is another achievement of the TARD's student initiated volunteer group which was established purposely to pursue community development aspirations of the North Malaita region, unite North Malaitans, increase capacity building of its student members, and contribute to the restoration of a good image to the North Malaita Constituency.

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