Root crops garden at St. Martins
THE Director of Christian Education for the Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu has recommended that Rural Training Centres (RTC) in the country tap into grass planting.
Johnny Tomatelu, who was in the country last week on a mission, had the opportunity to visit several RTC’s in the country.
Being a the director of RTC programs in his church association, during his weeklong stay here, he was taken out to visit these RTC’s to see and learn how RTC’s in the country are operated by the Solomon Islands Association of Vocational and Rural Training Centre (SIAVRTC).
During his trip he visited Divit girls RTC at Vissale and later St. Martins at Tenaru where its operations and activities caught his attention.
Pointing out a rather new concept for St. Martins to think about, Mr Tomatelu said that grass planting may be a useful activity since the country is ready to move into its cattle industry.
He said that the grass if clearly fertile can also be sold when gathered to other paddocks.
Nevertheless, while visiting the centre Mr Tomatelu was more astonished at how government has been trying to include informal education in formal mainstream education.
“With a very good example where students in your formal sector take part in compulsory activities like Agriculture and Carpentry, this is a sign that your government is looking more into a holistic training of pupils, and I am imprssed to see this,” said said.
After looking at how much St. Martin generates through their own produce, Mr Tomatelu said that this is what his centers need to do so that they don’t rely too much on the government.
He added that currently RTC’s in Vanuatu are more focused on training the high demanding trades on the workforce.
Likewise after visiting the centre’s farm, Genetic Cocoa research Plot, and gardens, he said the centre has done a very good job and should be proud of its effort.
Mr Tomatelu said that he had learned a lot and has a lot to tell to his students back home.
Meanwhile, SIAVRTC director Billy Mae told Sunday Isles Mr Tomatelu’s trip also opens doors for future exchange programs which should come into play sometime next year.