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.”