Schol­ar­ship Helps Ex-Teacher Re­alise Quest for Bet­ter Cli­mate Ed­u­ca­tion

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Roslyn Nand’s pur­suit of higher ed­u­ca­tion was made eas­ier last Thurs­day af­ter she was awarded a full schol­ar­ship to pur­sue her Masters of Science in Cli­mate Change at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific (USP).

The for­mer Sacred Heart Col­lege Teacher is one of five peo­ple from the South Pa­cific to be awarded cli­mate change schol­ar­ships by the Euro­pean Union.

The fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance was worth more than $600,000 and has been al­lo­cated for cli­mate change re­search and stud­ies.

The fi­nan­cial aid was part of a long last­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween USP and the Euro­pean Union (EU) in the field of cli­mate change re­silience in the Pa­cific.

Four stu­dents will pur­sue their Masters of Science in Cli­mate Change while a can­di­date will pur­sue her PhD at the Univer­sity the South Pa­cific.

Ms Nand said cli­mate change was a global cri­sis and there was a cru­cial need for more peo­ple to study the is­sue and be able to help in com­bat­ing cli­mate change im­pacts in the Pa­cific.

“As a teacher, I felt I needed to know more in or­der to de­liver bet­ter,” Ms Nand said.

“This would help me cre­ate a gen­er­a­tion who would well un­der­stand the causes and ef­fects of this is­sue, this would help them be re­spon­si­ble for their ac­tions.”

She said her re­search would fo­cus on gen­er­at­ing gen­der eq­uity in small-scale fish­eries to im­prove food se­cu­rity re­silience in Fiji. “Fiji be­ing an is­land na­tion and fish be­ing one of the ma­jor food sources, it made me fo­cus on the fish­eries sec­tor,” she said.

“Since women are known to be the food han­dlers and providers, it is im­por­tant that we em­power them of in im­prov­ing food se­cu­rity, es­pe­cially in pre­vent­ing post-har­vest losses to pro­mote re­silience from the im­pacts of cli­mate change in the fish­eries sec­tor.

“That is what I will place my fo­cus on.”

She also said:

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge the EU and USP col­lab­o­ra­tion for giv­ing me this op­por­tu­nity. I would not have been able to com­plete my ed­u­ca­tion in my area of in­ter­est if it wasn’t for this schol­ar­ship.”

Euro­pean Union at the fore­front of CLI­MAtE CHANGE fiGHt

Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador in the Pa­cific Su­jiro Seam said the EU is at the fore­front of the cli­mate change fight ev­ery­where in the world.

“We are also at the fore­front of achiev­ing an am­bi­tious ob­jec­tive of car­bon neu­tral­ity by 2050,” Mr Su­jiro said.

“The Pa­cific is one of the most im­pacted re­gions in the world be­cause of cli­mate change and the threats to the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We recog­nise that we need to part­ner with you to pro­vide the as­sis­tance we can.

“I am very happy to be here be­cause we have a strong part­ner­ship be­tween the Euro­pean Union and USP on cli­mate change and re­silience.”

He said with USP, they had part­nered for a long time with fi­nan­cial sup­port in ex­cess of €10 mil­lion (FJ$25 mil­lion).

un­der USP-EU

USP Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Pal Ah­luwalia said they had a long and en­dur­ing part­ner­ship and were proud to be de­liv­er­ing the part­ner­ship with the Euro­pean Union. “There have been a to­tal of 51 schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents un­der our part­ner­ship through the years, and this is a re­mark­able num­ber,” Pro­fes­sor Ah­luwalia said.

“As the premier univer­sity in the re­gion we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide ex­per­tise in the re­gion es­pe­cially in the field of cli­mate change.”

Photo: Euro­pean Union

Euro­pean Union Am­bas­sador in the Pa­cific Su­jiro Seam (sixth from left) and USP Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Pal Ah­luwalia (sev­enth from left), with schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents and of­fi­cials from the Euro­pean Union and Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific.

Photo: Euro­pean Union

Masters of Science in Cli­mate Change schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ent Roslyn Nand.

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