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Participants at the Montfort tool workshop

Big step forward for people with disabilities

Members of the Disability Persons Organisations (DPOs) are benefiting from a unique partnership that is providing them with a workshop and high-quality electric tools for carving production and training. People with disabilities have developed many new skills in wood, pearl and bone carving through training with Tonga Skills, and are

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Tailors Form an Association in Vava’u

  The sewing trainer of a recent Tonga Skills training in Tefisi in the far west of Vava’u was impressed with the 23 women who attended her training. She said “this is one of the best groups I have trained as most of them already had basic skills and were

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Building back better

After Cyclone Gita in February 2018, many families in Tongatapu and ‘Eua were left without safe and secure housing. A collaborative project between the LDS Church, MORDI, Tonga Institute of Science and Technology (TIST), Caritas, CARE Australi,a and Tonga Skills is doing something to help. More than 250 houses will

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Vanilla Gold – Pollination is the name of the game

The saying “vanilla gold” is returning to Vava’u, with prices for vanilla now as high as $1200 pa’anga per kilo on the global market. It is the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron. Vava’u has some of the highest-grade organic vanilla in the world and wants to

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Tonga Skills Breaks Down Barriers for Tongans Living with Disability

People with disabilities face multiple barriers to earning an income and gaining economic independence. The Inclusion Strategy of the Tonga Skills program, funded by Australia in Tonga, focusses on a twin-track approach to assist people with disabilities gain new skills, improve productivity and access new markets. With assistance from the

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Increasing Income Potential Through Design Skills and Financial Literacy

Linking design skills training and business planning helps artisans increase their income-earning potential. That is why Tonga Skills, funded by Australia in Tonga, facilitates access for women and men in rural communities to skills development to improve the quality and marketability of their products. With assistance from the Tonga Women’s

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Tonga Skills Office to Host TATVET Quarterly Meetings

The Tonga Association of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TATVET) recently held a meeting at the Tonga Skills office. Present were representatives from 7 of the training organisations in Tonga as well as 2 staff from VSA (Volunteer Service Abroad). Diane Thorne – George from New Zealand’s VSA discussed

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New Zealand Volunteers To Support Skills Development In Tonga

New Zealand’s Volunteer Services Abroad (VSA) sends skilled Kiwis overseas to share their experience and knowledge directly with local people and communities. Ms Diane Thorne – George Program Manager from VSA, and Team Leader of Tonga Skills Dr Uhila – Moe – Langi Fasi signed a partnership agreement for VSA

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Vava’u Fishermen Learn Motor Maintenance

Fishermen from Vava’u were able to learn how to maintain and repair their outboard motor in a recent Tonga Skills training. They are now able to get their boats on the water and safely return to sell their catch. The trainees were very pleased with the training and say this

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High Commissioner Launches New Training Program

The Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, his Excellency Andrew Ford, launched the commencement of a new plumbing training program at the Tonga Institute of Science and Technology, as part of a comprehensive upgrade initiative through Tonga Skills. “Teaching resources, international training for teachers, new equipment and a dedicated workshop –

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