Vanuatu Agriculture College (VAC) has begun the 2019 New Year in earnest with the appointment of Peter Napwatt as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Peter hails from the island Tanna and has gained extensive experience in Agriculture throughout the Vanuatu and Asia after gaining his qualifications in New Zealand. CEO Peter Napwatt successfully coordinated the 2018 National Agriculture Festival in Santo. The festival had an enormous following and revived the “Go Local” theme by encouraging the use of local food to enhance the productivity and quality of agriculture products in Vanuatu.
2019 will see Semester One opening with the second year Diploma students and the enrolment of new Diploma Students. This is a very exciting component of Vanuatu Agriculture Programme and we look forward to see the first group of Diploma Students Graduate in December 2019.
The Certificate Courses will begin in Semester 2 from July 8th and it is hoped the new students will enjoy their courses with the well qualified Training Team.
Vanuatu Qualification Authority (VQA) has worked very closely with VAC to ensure all the criteria to teach the Agriculture Courses are within the guidelines of the required VQA qualifications. The Training teams has been doing a marvellous job teaching, setting assignments, guiding field l work and moderating and validating the results of the student’s hard work.
VAC also continues in 2019 with the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) policy to ensure all students are comfortable in the target language of French or English and are able to communicate well orally and with their written assignments. This programme is led by Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) New Zealander, Wendy Griffin who comes to VAC with a wealth of international experience having worked across Asia, Africa and the Pacific over many years assisting training teams with innovative teaching practices and student centred learning modalities. Wendy has been supporting Vanuatu initiatives since 2001 and spent the last three years working as an Early Childhood Programme Adviser for the Ministry of Education and Training in Port Vila. Part of Wendy’s work is to also help students find their Career Pathways and this advice is readily available from the Student Services Team.
Item compiled by Wendy Griffin VAC Literacy and Numeracy Officer (VSA NZ)