Meet your pro­vi­sional can­di­date – Jope Sulin­i­bau Koroisavou

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - PRO­VI­SIONAL CAN­DI­DATE Jope Sulin­i­bau Koroisavou (SODELPA) Wati Tale­bula Edited by Naisa Koroi Feed­back: wati.tale­bula@ fi­

Age: 32 Oc­cu­pa­tion: Farmer (SODELPA Youth Pres­i­dent) Mar­i­tal sta­tus: Mar­ried Res­i­dence: Nepani Where from: Kaba, Bau, Tailevu Ed­u­ca­tion: Dud­ley In­ter­me­di­ate, Dud­ley High School and Ratu Sukuna Memo­rial School


- Train­ing for In­struc­tors Course – Asia Foun­da­tion/SPC/US Aid. - SPHERE HANDBOOK Train­ing of trainer’s work­shop - Cer­tifi­cate in Dis­as­ter Risk Man­age­ment (Sec­re­tar­iat of the Pa­cific Com­mis­sion) - Pro­fes­sional Diploma in Busi­ness Man­age­ment/Lead­er­ship (USP-On­go­ing) - Se­nior First Aider Cer­tifi­cate - St John Am­bu­lance In­tro­duc­tion to cli­mate change-Gap Train­ing ADRA - Dis­as­ter Stim­u­la­tion Ex­er­cise Train­ingADRA Aus­tralia - IDA and DRM Train­ing - Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Of­fice. - GSP and GPRS Train­ing - ADRA New Zealand - Emer­gency Com­mu­ni­ca­tion - Red Cross Fiji - Water Man­age­ment Train­ing (NOMAD) – Fiji Red Cross - Com­mu­nity Fo­cus Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Train­ing - Vul­ner­a­bil­ity and Ca­pac­ity As­sess­ment Train­ing/ Cli­mate change Gap Train­ing. - Cer­tifi­cate of Train­ing of Trainer Pa­cific Star Life Skills - Pla­toon Com­man­ders Course - RFMF - Part of the re­lief dis­tri­bu­tion op­er­a­tion for the flood dur­ing Cy­clone Amy in the West­ern Di­vi­sion. - Mil­i­tary Of­fi­cer Cadet Train­ing Cer­tifi­cate - New Zealand Army - Cer­tifi­cate in Com­puter Soft­ware Tech Ed­u­ca­tion

Work ex­pe­ri­ence:

2015: On go­ing – Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion co-or­di­na­tor. Save the Chil­dren Fiji. Re­spon­si­ble for the in­te­gra­tion of Com­pre­hen­sive School Frame­work into Fiji’s Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tems. The adap­ta­tion of the World Wide Ini­tia­tive for School Safety by the Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­tor Fiji. Build­ing Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Ca­pac­ity in Re­duc­ing the Risk caused by Nat­u­ral Haz­ards and keep­ing our school and chil­dren safe in the dur­ing emer­gen­cies. 2014–2015: Health Project Of­fi­cer for Save the chil­dren Fiji. - Looked af­ter 12 com­mu­ni­ties in the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion; - Co-or­di­nat­ing meet­ings with part­ners and stake­holder on both the com­mu­nity and na­tional lev­els. 2012–2013: Train­ing con­sul­tant and re­gional trainer in DRM & DRR (Sec­re­tar­iat of the Pa­cific Com­mis­sion, SOPAC Di­vi­sion) - Re­view and up­date the Evac­u­a­tion Cen­tre train­ing man­ual for the Pa­cific re­gion. - Con­ducted Evac­u­a­tion Cen­tre man­age­ment train­ing in the Cook Is­lands, Solomon Is­lands, Samoa and Van­u­atu. - Con­ducted Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Train­ing in the Solomon Is­lands, Van­u­atu and Tonga. 2012: Project con­sul­tant for Pa­cific Com­mu­nity Fo­cused In­te­grated Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion; Peo­ple’s Com­mu­nity Net­work (PCN) – Re­spon­si­ble for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Flood Vic­tims in the West­ern Di­vi­sion. Con­duct­ing Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion for the Shel­ter Project. 2010–2012: Con­duct­ing Ini­tial Dam­age As­sess­ment /Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­tre/ Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion/Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment train­ings for SPC/NDMO/ NGO and re­gional bod­ies. 2011–2012: Se­cu­rity, Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Man­ager (Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort. 2011: In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Law Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer- Fiji Red Cross 2008–2011: Pa­cific Com­mu­nity Fo­cused In­te­grated Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion (DRR) Project Fiji - (Re­spon­si­ble for more than 78 Com­mu­ni­ties for South­ern and East­ern Di­vi­sion) - Con­duct­ing DRR and DRM train­ing/aware­ness and meet­ings in the com­mu­nity, district, pro­vin­cial and na­tional lev­els. - Plan­ning and con­duct­ing sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cises in more than 200 com­mu­ni­ties around Fiji, schools and at district and na­tional lev­els. - Mem­ber of the Na­tional Op­er­a­tion Team for Cy­clones Mick and To­mas (DISMAC) - Mem­ber of the Na­tional Re­lief Dis­tri­bu­tion Team (TC Mick) - Mem­ber of the Fiji Earthquake/Tsunami Stand­ing Com­mit­tee. - At­tended many work­shops and meet­ings in the na­tional and re­gional lev­els re­gard­ing Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment in Fiji. 2009–2011: Mem­ber of the Pa­cific Hu­man­i­tar­ian Team 2007–2011: Mem­ber of the Hibis­cus Fes­ti­val Pro­gramme Com­mit­tee 2006–2007: Pro­gramme Of­fi­cer for Mi­cro­fi­nance Unit (FCOSS) - Ado­les­cence and Life Skills Trainer. - Part Time Youth Worker 2004–2006: Mem­ber of the Re­pub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces train­ing group. - Took part in three ma­jor search and res­cue/re­lief team as part of the RFMF. Coun­tries that I have vis­ited for work pur­poses: Manila – Philip­pines, Kolkata – In­dia, Miyazaki – Ja­pan, South Korea, Bris­bane – Aus­tralia, Auck­land – New Zealand, Cook Is­lands, Kiri­bati, Tu­valu, Samoa, Van­u­atu, Solomon Is­lands and Tonga. Hob­bies: Fish­ing

What is the main is­sue you will be high­light­ing in this elec­tion, and why?

1. Youth em­pow­er­ment – I will be fo­cus­ing on the youths of this coun­try, es­pe­cially on the em­ploy­ment sec­tor, em­pow­er­ment of indige­nous youths and other eth­nic groups. In my eight years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, I have seen first­hand the chal­lenges our youths are fac­ing, es­pe­cially those liv­ing in set­tle­ments. They are mostly un­seen and un­heard and I think Gov­ern­ment can re­ally fa­cil­i­tate and em­power them. Their job is to dream and our job is to fa­cil­i­tate their dreams.

2. Free­dom – To see the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of or free­dom of speech and free­dom of as­sem­bly. There are still a lot of re­stric­tions in Fiji. I had first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence when I was de­tained for one week by the Po­lice. I was merely ex­press­ing my right. In the cur­rent Con­sti­tu­tion rights are not spe­cific. It re­stricts a lot of ba­sic rights. Laws have to be spe­cific.

3. Indige­nous rights of the iTaukei – I be­lieve there are a few things that needs to be done. Our his­tory has changed. Our his­tory has been sup­pressed. We need to em­power our peo­ple and teach our chil­dren about our his­tory and en­cour­age them to be­lieve in them­selves. Mostly, in his­tory books, we are said to be can­ni­bals and nowhere does it say that our peo­ple were strong and ca­pa­ble of sail­ing long dis­tances. For ex­am­ple, peo­ple from Lau should be told that their fore­fa­thers can sail any­where us­ing the stars to nav­i­gate or they are good boat builders. We need to change how the iTaukei look at them­selves.

Photo: Wati Tale­bula

SODELPA pro­vi­sional can­di­date Jope Sulin­i­bau Koroisavou.

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