We work in some of the poorest rural primary schools in Fiji, to deliver numeracy & literacy development aims on behalf of the Fijian government. On project, you will focus upon delivering one-to-one support and small group lessons to Fijian children aged between 6-14. We have seen dramatic increases in exam results and educational attainment in the schools we have supported, visibly increasing children’s reading and writing abilities as well as improving their confidence, social skills and self-esteem. If teaching is what inspires and excites you the most then you can also work in pairs to plan and teach your own lessons in the classroom.Choose Your Expedition
Schools in Fiji, particularly those in rural areas are understaffed and severely lacking in basic materials. Poverty forces many children to drop out of education early and children are forced into a future of limited education and opportunity. A major issue in the Fijian classrooms is that children miss the vital one to one support which makes a huge impact for those students who need a little more attention to learn and grow. As a mentor and teaching assistant you can make an incredible difference to the lives of Fijian children through our projects.
We work in some of poorest rural primary schools in Fiji. We focus upon offering one-to-one support and small group lessons to Fijian children aged 2-14 and we see real results in improving children’s reading and writing abilities in a short space of time. You can also work in pairs to plan and teach your own lessons. Our education projects are hugely valued by local teachers and parents and designed in partnership with the Fijian Ministry of Education.
This summer I taught students to read and coached sports each day. We caught fish, cooked them on an open fire and picked fresh lemons, bananas and coconuts. We travelled by boat each day and saw a Pacific sunset every evening and that’s not even all! Thank you Think Pacific for an invaluable experience.
Although children will learn Fijian at home first, when they reach school, the entire curriculum is taught in English. Children must therefore have an excellent grasp of English reading and writing to enable them to progress through their studies. Improving children’s basic skills in English at an early age can make an immense difference to the quality of a child’s long term education.
Using material provided by the Fijian government departments and lesson plans created by our charity, our volunteers lead fun and interactive lessons for local children and teenagers, which also pass important messages to young Fijians, for example health and hygiene lessons, the dangers of tobacco, drugs and alcohol to impressionable youths or organising environmental awareness initiatives and recycling projects.
Teaching aims are carefully crafted with Fijian schools and nationally supported by the Fijian government. Our volunteers bring a whole new perspective to the students learning, increase teaching efficiency, ensure classes sizes are more manageable and offer a unique cultural dimension and a widening of pupil’s understating of the wider world.
We have seen dramatic increases in exam results and educational attainment in the schools we have supported, visibly increasing children’s reading and writing abilities as well as improving their confidence, social skills and self-esteem. In 2016 alone we increased literacy by 40%, a statistic we are extremely proud of but definitely an area we can improve.
Alongside the work of our volunteers, our charity in Fiji supports schools in the long term – providing educational resources, renovating school facilities, building kindergarten schools and providing teacher training.
We increase students’ confidence, self-esteem and aspirations by encouraging children to take part in debates, poster presentations, class discussions, reading schemes, library clubs, young enterprise competitions and fun games and activities. We expand the children’s way of thinking by introducing them to new methods outside the structured setting of an English or Maths lesson.