One hundred and ninety-three men and women graduated on November 13th from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) at a ceremony held at the Lycee Louis Antoine de Bougainville School Hall. The graduates came from every province in Vanuatu and the ceremony was attended by around 400 guests, including many of the graduates’ friends and families, as well as the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Joe Natuman, and the Australian High Commissioner, Jeremy Bruer.
The keynote address was delivered by Joyce Napuat, Community Coordinator, World Vision Vanuatu. Ms Napuat was the winner of this year’s Andy Lynch Award for Excellence in the field of Disability Support. One of the highlights of the ceremony was the graduation of students from six fee-paying programs.
Among the many highlights of the ceremony were several notable success stories. Charlie Rarua was the only male student to graduate with a Certificate III in Children’s Services — a program that has traditionally been a bastion of female students. Mala Antfalo, who graduated from Certificate IV in Community Development, is currently working at Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) as the Coordinator of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) project in preparation for the COP 20 Conference in Peru in December 2014 . Jimmy Lume has established sustainable energy systems to ensure much-needed clean water and sanitation are available to Middle Bush community in Tanna. Mr Lume has also been instrumental in establishing a climate change centre at Middle Bush . The centre is open daily, providing education and training about sustainability and climate change to the local community. He has also been selected as one of three finalists for the prestigious 2015 Zayed Future Energy Prize Global High Schools Oceania Category. Sam Andikar, CEO of Millenium Tours Limited, graduated with a Diploma of Management. Mr Andikar is a pioneer in tourism in Santo and had previously completed a Certificate III in Tourism which helped him develop his business.
Funded by the Australian Government, APTC offers a range of courses in areas such as hospitality, community services, tourism and other trades across its campuses in Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. For more information about APTC, please visit: www.aptc.edu.au