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FNU launches GEDSI Strategy and Action Plan 2024-2026

May 30, 2024

In a significant step towards creating a more inclusive learning environment, the Fiji National University (FNU) has launched the Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Strategy and Action Plan 2024 – 2026, aligning with the University’s 2024-2026 Strategic Plan.

FNU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Unaisi Nabobo-Baba, said the launch of the GEDSI Strategy and Action Plan 2024-2026 is a living document that will evolve alongside the ever-changing needs of our community.

“The strategy will enable Fiji National University to be a diverse and inclusive academic institution that provides equal academic opportunities to diverse people. Embracing marginalised people such as people with disability, gender diverse people, and people from ethnic minority groups and recognising the intersectionality of people,” Professor Nabobo-Baba said.

“The document will also enable FNU to be an industry leader as an equal opportunity employer through GESDI-sensitive policies and infrastructure, ensuring dignity for staff in all their diversities.

“We will establish robust channels for regular communication between the colleges, staff, and students, fostering a sense of shared ownership and creating a truly inclusive learning environment. Targeted workshops and training programmes will be implemented to disseminate GEDSI principles across all levels of the university. Additionally, we will actively seek strategic partnerships with external organisations dedicated to promoting gender equality, disability rights, and social inclusion.”

Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) Regional Operations Director, Carmel Nee, said the Gender Equality Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) Strategy and Action Plan is a significant achievement in collaborative efforts of the Fiji National University and Australia Pacific Training Coalition and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

“The launch of the FNU GEDSI Strategy and Action Plan marks a significant step forward in our ongoing commitment to promoting gender equality, disability, and social inclusion,” Nee said.

“Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems play a vital role in equipping individuals with the skills they need to succeed in life and the workforce. Ensuring equity within TVET systems is essential for providing equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of gender or background.”

The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Counsellor Human Development Sophie Temby said Australia is proud to support the GEDSI launch.

Temby said that today’s (17 May 2024) launch is significant and underscores FNU’s commitment to supporting its staff and students in all their diversities. This would create more inclusiveness and a growing environment in which everyone can thrive, learn, and contribute towards the University.

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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