TVET OERs in Engine Maintenance

The Ministry of Education & Training in Vanuatu is spearheading the development of a new programme in small engine user maintenance to be accredited by the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority. With support from a COL consultant, subject experts in Luganville in Sanma Province, are adapting existing COL OER materials and developing additional video content needed for the Vanuatu country context to include the following small engines; grass cutter & lawn mower, outboard engines, chainsaw, small generator. The course is intended to be delivered in secondary school to students from Year 7 to Year 10 and once accredited by Vanuatu Qualifications Authority, these courses will be offered to adult learners in community education programs throughout Vanuatu. The aim is to produce competency-based materials which will enable youth and adult community members to gain a Certificate 1 in Automotive Servicing to gain employment.

TVET in Schools Coordinator, Emmanuel Aru Garaesivi, says that “Communication is a challenge as the writers are in Luganville in Santo and MOET is in Port Vila in Shefa Province, but we are working hard to make sure we finish the materials.”

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 2030, by Matai Tagicaki.

The development of the SDG, which resulted to a submission by the UN Genera Assembly’s OWG forwarding 17 Goals on the 19th of July 1994, is another attempt by humanity to address global issues that affect developed and developing countries. Quoting the UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon”there are no Plan B, because there is no Planet B” (, 2917), is a sign that the whole world is listening to all our concerns, paying attention to the global changes we are facing in weather pattern, climate change which is in one way or another contributing to our economic and social challenges.

According to the Universal Sustainable Development Goals, Report of a study by Stakeholder Forum, May 2015 (, developed countries have ranked the SDG’s according to “level of tranformational change”, with Goal 13 Climate Change being number one, followed by Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. I reflect on this ranking as the world’s response to the urgent need of the developing countries, especially the Pacific.

I notice a trend, compared to the MDG’s 8 Goals, the SDG is has a total of 17 Universal Goals and 169 objective. I would respond to this change as a reflection of much time the rest of the world, especially developing countries, given to ignorance. I can be wrong, and this is just a reflection of how much the world has changed in the last decade, which is not that long ago.

Anyway lets have a look at these goals and do a little bit of brainstorming game on a word tree –

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Required Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

I have included a Word Tree below for single word responses on the S.D.G. You are also welcome to comment.

Malo, Talofa, Vinaka and Thank you.

Migrating with Dignity: Our Pacific People are Being displaced by Climate Change, by Matai Tagicaki.

Reading a report titled “Education development challenges and potential for flexible & open learning in Tuvalu for Department of Education Ministry of Education Youth & Sports “(COL, 2016) prompted me to search for more information that maybe available online. I began by doing a search on youtube, all I could find are references to climate change, … Read more