Fiji Children's Services graduates will mentor international students attending the Diploma of Children's Services course at the APTC Namaka Fiji Campus.
Teacher Cheryl Payne said that the international students would meet the practical requirements of their studies with work placements at local early childhood centres.
"The international students currently studying for the Diploma in Children's Services will have work placements with graduates who have already successfully studied with APTC.
"Seeing this development is an inspiration, as the Early Childhood teachers in Fiji step into mentoring roles to assist their international colleagues' professional development," said Ms Payne.
The international students from Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea join students from Fiji's Western Division. These local Fijian students are able to attend classes three full days per week, whilst continuing to teach at their own centres. All course participants are graduates of Certificate III in Children's Services programs, at either the Vanuatu or Fiji Campus.
"It is very exciting to welcome back some of my previous students, as well as those students taught by my APTC Early Childhood colleagues in Vanuatu," concluded Ms Payne.