Graduating from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) with a Certificate IV in Youth Work qualification has been a proud achievement for Mr Suliasi Sarosaro.
“Studying at APTC enabled me to take innovative approaches towards providing support to youths in Fijian communities,” says Mr Sarosaro, who graduated in 2014.
While at APTC, Mr Sarosaro developed skills to organise and facilitate community-based programs and activities for young people designed to address their social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs.
“At APTC, I learned youth work is not just for young people. The idea is to communicate with them and understand human behaviour. The youth work program sets the platform for working with young people to enable them to build confidence and help themselves.”
“All of the units offered in the APTC Certificate IV in Youth Work program are of immeasurable value. The theories I have learned are very applicable in the field.”
Mr Sarosaro is the Project Officer for Save the Children Fiji (STCF), and is currently engaged in the Child Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Project funded by the New Zealand Government.
STCF is working with the Fiji Government and civil society organisations to put in place a programme of institutional strengthening, technical support and community-based approach to disaster risk reduction.
“The idea is to have a child-centred approach to strengthen resilience within the national/local disaster preparation and management framework by 2021. My role is to build relationships with partners and community representatives to implement sustainable projects such as installing tanks to store clean drinking water in schools. I currently work with 46 schools across Fiji,” says Mr Sarosaro.
“Communication is a challenge but understanding and working together with people in the various communities helps us in finding practical solutions to meet their needs.”
Mr Sarosaro says the challenges that exist especially for young people, in the community motivate him.
“It is fulfilling to see young people bounce back to cope with the challenges they face and move on. Helping to put their talents to use in order to benefit them and others in the community is indeed a rewarding experience.”
“I hope to continue helping youth be successful in all they do and develop their skills and abilities.”
A social and community worker for more than 10 years, Mr Sarosaro has worked with the Ministry of Health as a Community Educator for the Adolescent Health Development Project funded by the SPC, UNFPA and UNICEF. He was also Senior Community Educator and Senior Administration Officer/HRO for the Sexual and Reproductive Health Project with Marie Stopes International.
A proud APTC ambassador, Mr Sarosaro was the Fiji Alumni Chapter Secretary in 2016, and helped facilitate a number of community projects undertaken by alumni across Fiji.