One of the students walks away with tool kits she received after the successful training. Photo credit @ SINU
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SEVENTEEN young women who underwent four weeks of training at the Solomon Islands National University Center for Technical Vocational Education and Training graduated with certificates on Friday, February 9th, 2024.

This is after they successfully completed a four-week solar training program hosted by the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Center for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which started in January of this year.

The training, known as the Green Construction Training Program was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Solomon Islands Infrastructure Programme.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony, SINU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Transform Aqorau congratulated those young women for their commitment and the successful completion of the training.

VC Prof.Aqorau said the women have shown dedication, resilience, and desire to contribute meaningfully to our society.

VC Aqorau said the program is not just an educational accomplishment; it is a beacon of hope and a symbol of the transformative power of targeted, quality education in fields that are crucial for our nation’s development, adding the skills and knowledge imparted during these four weeks are tools with which these young women can now carve out a path for themselves and others, in industries where they have been historically underrepresented.

Participants of the Green Construction Training Program proudly displaying their certificates. Photo credit @ SINU

“The significance of this training extends beyond individual achievement; it is a step towards realising the vision of SINU to be a catalyst for sustainable development and innovation in the Pacific region.”

“It is in this spirit that we are working towards the establishment of a Center for Clean Energy, in partnership with the Pacific Clean Energy Partners, Solomon Power Energy Efficiency Initiative, and the Ministry of Mines.”

“This Center will not only serve as a hub for research and innovation in renewable energy sources but also as a testament to our commitment to environmental stewardship, economic development, and the empowerment of our communities through education.”

“Investing in clean energy is paramount for a developing country like the Solomon Islands.”

“Our reliance on imported fuel not only drains our resources but also stifles the potential for rural economic growth.”

“The cost of electricity remains a prohibitive factor, hindering both individual livelihoods and broader economic development.”

“By embracing clean energy, we can reduce our dependency on imported fuel, lower electricity costs, and unlock the immense potential of our rural economies. It is a pathway to self-sufficiency, sustainability, and resilience against the impacts of climate change.”

“To our graduates, let me say this: your journey does not end here. It is merely the beginning of a lifelong pursuit of learning, innovation, and leadership.”

“You are pioneers, setting a precedent for young women across the Solomon Islands and beyond, proving that with determination and access to education, there are no limits to what can be achieved.”

Remember the words of Marie Curie, “We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted with something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

“I extend my heartfelt thanks to our instructors, whose dedication and expertise have been instrumental in the success of this program.”

“Your commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders and innovators is truly commendable.”

“To the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and all our partners, your support has been invaluable.”

“Your belief in the power of education and sustainable development has made this program possible, and for that, we are eternally grateful.”

“In closing, let us remember that today’s graduation is not just a celebration of individual achievements but a collective step forward towards a brighter, more sustainable future for the Solomon Islands.”

“To our graduands, as you embark on this new chapter, carry forward the torch of knowledge, equality, and innovation.”

“You are the architects of our future, the beacon of hope for many young girls who dream of making a difference in a world that often tells them they can’t.”

“Congratulations once again, and may your paths be illuminated with success, wisdom, and the courage to pursue your dreams, no matter the obstacles.”

The Australian Government Infrastructure Counsellor Craig Gillies during the event handed over construction tool kits to each of the graduands where he encouraged them to use the tool kits in the course of their work.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, student representative Tamara Wanetofea thanked Australia and SINU for the great collaboration which saw the Green Construction Training Program end successfully.

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