Moses Armstrong, area manager for The Self Reliance Department of New Zealand and Pacific Area, attended the graduation. Local members were able to participate in the course and learned a variety of skills including how to start or grow a small business and understanding qualifications and education standards required for certain employment opportunities available in the Cook Islands.
The course is provided free of charge to assist members in obtaining knowledge to be able to provide for their individual and family needs and to help move them forward with the skills and capabilities to not only help themselves but to also help others.
“I have learned that in order to progress and to have some success, we have to learn to help and work together as a family” Maryanne Peters who is developing her own little crop-growing business.
“The skills I have learned have helped me to branch out to other crops, and not just grow bok choy.”
The next muster of students has enrolled and will begin their classes this week.