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Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island Launches Heritage in Young Hands Train The Trainers Workshop

Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa has launched a train the trainers programme that will see its Heritage in Young Hands (HIYH) programme extended to the Levuka, Ovalau – the site of Fiji’s first and only UNESCO national heritage site. The three-day workshop that was organised in partnership with the National Trust for Fiji Islands Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, includes participants from stakeholders including the Nadroga Navosa Provincial Council, Sigatoka Town Council, World Wildlife Fund for Nature Fiji, OISCA and staff from the resort.

The main aim of this workshop is to empower the facilitators of the HIYH programme with the knowledge, skills and resources to be effective with their community training and to build a pool of community facilitators who will ensure the sustainability of the programme. The Ministry of Education senior education officer, Mr Setareki Rika, officially opened the workshop.

Topics covered in the workshop will include Fiji’s current environmental status, climate change, examples of Non-formal education programmes, learning and facilitation styles and lesson activity plan preparation. The last day of the workshop will be spent on activities at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park following which participants will formulate a training activity to run in their own areas.

Speaking at the opening, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, General Manager, Mr Francis Lee, said that the resort was proud to be part of this unique partnership with the National Trust for Fiji Islands.

“Our joint 2-year environmental program has seen at least 25 students, from our five surrounding schools graduate at Junior Rangers and this is our third year for the program,” Mr Lee said. “Another exciting chapter to come is the expansion of the ‘Heritage in Young Hands’ program to additional National Trust Sites such as Levuka.”

The Heritage in Young Hands Programme was launched in May 2016 in partnership with the National Trust for Fiji Islands Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park. It is a two-year program aimed at educating children on cultural and environmental stewardship and incorporates an interactive program that includes hands on activities in Nadroga and field trips.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote high level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com 

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