Up to 50 Australia Awards Fijian alumni, connected virtually for the first professional development workshop, organised by the Fiji-Australia Alumni Association (FAAA) on Monday 14 June 2021.
Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, H.E. John Feakes opened the workshop, which provided alumni with an introduction to monitoring, evaluation, and learning. He stated, “Through professional development and networking events like this, the FAAA hopes to create an environment for ongoing learning, sharing and exchanging ideas and knowledge amongst alumni”.
In response to the number of alumni attending the virtual workshop, H.E. John Feakes said “this demonstrates the ongoing motivation of our alumni to build their capacity in crucial areas such as monitoring, evaluation and learning. For us, it confirms we selected the right scholarship recipients; those most motivated to continue their professional development and drive improvements for Fiji.”
Also providing opening remarks was the President of FAAA, Brenda Ragi. Ms Ragi updated alumni on the exciting activities the FAAA have planned for 2021 and thanked them for their attendance at the workshop. Ms Ragi hopes that it is the first of many professional development opportunities for alumni.
The workshop was co-designed and facilitated by fellow Australia Awards alumnus Viliame Gaberiel, and Senior MEL Adviser Daniel Kark from the Fiji Program Support Facility.
Alumni attending the workshop represented diversity in their levels of study, professional sector and types of employment. When asked “what were the 3 best things about the workshop”, one alumnus stated, “it was presented in simple to understand language, it was a very interactive session and it contribute to my further learning”.
81% of respondents strongly agreed or agreed that the learning from the workshop will contribute to their work in the future.