Responding to the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic
The Kiribati Facility is a key partner in the Australian Government’s Partnerships for Recovery – Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response, contributing to economic prosperity and social stability in Kiribati through the Skills for Employment Program and support to KIT.
KIT, through existing partnerships and drawing on its long history of skills training in Kiribati, plays a central role during all stages of response efforts. As a demand-driven training provider, KIT is positioned as an essential service to the nation during the pandemic in critical sectors such as health, community services, infrastructure and business. KIT has demonstrated the ability to respond flexibly to changing circumstances and is able to make a valuable contribution by;
- Enhancing digital skills and adopting flexible delivery modes; by fast-tracking the rollout of a digital learning platform to create online components for students and professional development for lecturers
- Meeting emerging opportunities in domestic, regional and international employment, including changes to labour mobility and market demand; working with the Ministry of Employment and Human Resource and Pacific Labour Facility through KIT’s Employment Support Services (ESS), and creating local employment opportunities
- Reaching vulnerable communities through new initiatives and established programs; such as the Bridging program and Outer Island courses, supporting disadvantaged students to access remote education packs during school closure, and supporting participation for women to continue work and study
- Working with education and civil society organisations to raise awareness of public health and safety; such as working in partnership with ChildFund Kiribati to facilitate health and hygiene education for KIT students
- Developing access options to internet services and communication for students; addressing internet capabilities for online learning
- Contributing to the advancement of sustainable technologies and solutions in response to minimising the impacts of climate change; such as contributing to the national energy grid through solar panels installed at KIT
- Responding directly to national planning and policy in education as a social and economic driver; working alongside other TVET institutions and education providers, local ministries and engaging within the education and development sectors
- Expanding existing teaching strategies in inclusive education; including mainstreaming students with disability and removing barriers to enrolment for students from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.