More Emergency First Responders Certified in Vanuatu

Transperancy-EFR-28.6.13Transparency Vanuatu, through its Duke of Edinburgh Award programme has launched a first aid initiative for Vanuatu youth.

With the assistance of PADI Asia Pacific and Nautilus Watersports, they can now offer internationally recognised Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary First Aid training courses to local youth, providing vital skills to communities in the event of an emergency.

Since its launch in March 2013, 22 Ni Vanuatu youth have received their certification as Emergency First Responders, including 5 visiting community based provincial facilitators,  Johnny Avock, Ps Jean Paul Polycap, Horman Gigina, Shina Timothy and Tom Kohua.  The group were in Port Vila this month for a training series to assist them in delivering EFR workshops throughout Vanuatu’s most remote communities.

Nautilus Watersports in Vanuatu generously offered to facilitate this initiative by providing volunteer EFR Instructors to conduct this course. All participants to date have been most impressed with the level of professionalism which these young instructors bring, and they have made the learning environment enjoyable and easy to pick up, ensuring these young Ni-Vanuatu not only learn, but maintain these vital skills to the benefit of their communities. The course itself is designed to create a fun and relaxed learning experience, allowing students of all levels and backgrounds to easily grasp the material.

Rebecca Solomon, Youth Coordinator for Transparency Vanuatu says; “This course is fun and to our level, which means we not only learn these skills in the classroom, but we keep them in our communities.”

First Aid skills are enormously lacking amongst Vanuatu communities, and it is hoped that these youngsters will now be in a position to provide potentially lifesaving assistance to someone in need in their communities.

The board of Transparency Vanuatu approved the inclusion of this initiative to extend the benefits to all youth within Vanuatu and as it is being incorporated into the facilitators’ training presently being undertaken.  This will ensure that they take these skills into the provinces, making this a Vanuatu wide initiative.

Not only does this training cover essential skills such as CPR, it also promotes an overall healthy lifestyle message, which these youths will hopefully spread throughout their communities. With the growing prevalence of illnesses such as diabetes, it is timely for this message to be given priority throughout Vanuatu.

In the words of one Transparency Vanuatu staff member “The Youth are the future of our country. I believe healthy youth will become healthy leaders, in mind, body and soul.”

Lyndsey Wilson-Akers from Transparency Vanuatu adds,

“On behalf of all 22 now certified EFR participants, Transparency Vanuatu are eternally grateful to PADI and Nautilus Watersports for your commitment to this initiative and hope that this partnership can continue long into the future. Nautilus instructors Colin Bartkowiak and Sean Chung deserve special commendation for this effort, as in spite of the difficulties which arise in the case of language barriers, they delivered this course at a level which all visiting facilitators could understand.”

As this is an ongoing initiative of Transparency Vanuatu, anyone interested in completing this course is encouraged to contact the office on telephone: (+678) 25715, Email: transparency@vanuatu.com.vu or visit the office located in the centre of Port Vila, 1st  Floor, (at rear) C&K Real Estate. All are welcome.

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