March 18, 2005: Headlines: COS - Vanuatu: Youth: Vanuatu Online: Mapuna’s goal in Vanuatu of achieving sustainability through self sufficiency appears possible under the careful guidance of Moriu Chief and chairman, Andrew Avio and Peace Corps Volunteer, Mike Koffma

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Mapuna’s goal in Vanuatu of achieving sustainability through self sufficiency appears possible under the careful guidance of Moriu Chief and chairman, Andrew Avio and Peace Corps Volunteer, Mike Koffma

Mapuna’s goal in Vanuatu of achieving sustainability through self sufficiency appears possible under the careful guidance of Moriu Chief and chairman, Andrew Avio and Peace Corps Volunteer, Mike Koffma

Mapuna’s goal in Vanuatu of achieving sustainability through self sufficiency appears possible under the careful guidance of Moriu Chief and chairman, Andrew Avio and Peace Corps Volunteer, Mike Koffma

Mapuna RTC - Magic is simple and effective on Epi

By The Ni-Vanuatu
Posted Friday, March 18, 2005

Mapuna RTC offers a unique and challenging education opportunity to the youth of Shefa Province. Located along the coast of beautiful East Epi, it lies in the shadow of magical Lopevi. Lopevi’s magic appears to have descended upon Mapuna RTC.

Mapuna RTC has became a respected member of the VRDTCA/RTC community by providing top quality non-formal education in only its second year of operation. Mapuna’s goal of achieving sustainability through self sufficiency appears possible under the careful guidance of Moriu Chief and chairman, Andrew Avio and Peace Corps Volunteer, Mike Koffman.

Through a combination of income generating activities and small grants, Mapuna has managed to build a custom school house, boy’s and girl’s dormitories, a student kitchen and tables and benches for the classroom and kitchen.

Additionally, it has out fitted the kitchen with a full set of saucepans and utensils, it has purchased quality garden and carpentry tools, a 5,000 liter fiberglass water tank, a large generator, a chain saw, sewing machines and a lawnmower – and Mapuna expects to have solar lighting by December this year, 2005.

Mapuna magic is simple and effective. It provide its students with the knowledge, equipment and opportunity to operate their own income generating activities.

“Whether its working in the garden, building furniture, sewing cloths, baking bread or raising layer hens (All of which Mapuna students do), we provide an environment in which our students develop a working knowledge of the business aspects of traditional activities”, says Peace Corps volunteer, Mike Koffman. “Our students learn about an activity in the morning classes, then they perform the activity in our afternoon practical sessions.

All of the money generated is reinvested in the RTC, thus the students, rightfully, have a sense of ownership in the RTC.

Mapuna offers 4 practice areas; Small Business Enterprise; Homecare; Agriculture and Carpentry.

Mapuna has 4 full time teachers. It currently has 24 enrolled students in its 2 year program – 9 boys and 15 girls. Mapuna welcomes students from all islands and currently has space available in its program. School fees are 8.000Vt per term for boarding students and 5.000vatu per term for commuters.





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