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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

TARD members complete "Certificate in Leadership" from the University of the South Pacific

Several members of the To'abaita Authority for Research and Development (TARD) youth initiated volunteer group have successfully completed a first ever six-week leadership training course from the University of the South Pacific in Suva, over the weekend.

TARD members who have participated in the leadership training program are Steven Filiomea, Simon Mau, Eddie Konairamo, Exsley Taloiburi, William Fikutoa Abuinao, Alfred Maebiru, Peter Fairamoa, Rodney Suibaea, and Matilda Dani.

Those who have attended all the six sessions will receive a Certificate from the USP's Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance (PIAS-DG) whilst others who missed one session will receive a letter of participation in the leadership program.

The leadership training course was facilitated by the USP Student Association and PIAS-DG under the guidance of the USP Leadership Programme Manager, Ms Hamidan Bibi. Each session covers 1 hour during fridays and saturdays and it lasted for six weeks, ending last weekend. This is the first time in the university's history to offer a certificate in leadership course.

During the training, students learnt skiils relevant to time management, conflict resolution, motivation and inspiration, good governance, and ethical leadership that can be applied anywhere either in a workplace, school, church, organization or rural communities.

It is understood that this recent attainment by several TARD members will be a boost to the objectives of TARD, especially in the leadership field which is urgently needed to be applied in different settings throughout the Solomon Islands.

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