The Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) says the emphasis placed on inclusion of Next Generation Skills at the upcoming Pacific Skills Summit, reiterates the call that an important starting point in overcoming discrimination is the right to access to, and equality of opportunities.
Speaking at a media briefing at the University of the South Pacific, PIANGO Deputy Executive Director Emeline Ilolahia said they recognised that the support for investment in the next generations skills must greater attention to our emerging industrial practices that will drive jobs and sustainable growth for that also recognised our Pacific values.
The Summit that will take place from June 25-26 in Suva, is a key deliverable under the Pacific Skills Partnership launched by the President of Nauru His Excellency Baron Waqa at the 49th Pacific Islands Leaders Forum meeting in Nauru, September 2018. PIANGO is a signatory to the Partnership with the Government of Nauru, USP, APTC and PIPSO.
The Partnership was established in recognition that a sustainable region will require skills and Pacific-led collaboration on skills-based, real-life outcomes for Pacific people and communities.
Ilolahia said PIANGO is proud to continue the journey and the Summit is a great milestone achievement which will be an innovative and exciting event.
“PIANGO would like to see that we can also take this further to influence policies and change our practices,”Ilolahia said.
“We cannot look ahead to better equip ourselves and the next generation to deal with the demands of technological advancement, without first transforming first existing negative behaviors and institutions towards the most vulnerable of our communities,”she added.
She said it’s imperative to explore and find the right policies and partnerships to best prepare today’s learners with the skills to meet future challenges and opportunities, we must welcome reforms on education, gender, persons with disabilities and work if we are to meet our full potential as the Blue Pacific.
Ilolahia said PIANGO is expecting that the Pacific Skills Summit will provide a platform and the space to identify priority actions that the Partnership would further collaborate on.