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Each year the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals Association (NZCPPA) organises a Mufti Mania Day to raise money for poor and vulnerable communities. Since 2007 they have partnered with Caritas to support a project.
Mufti Mania 2012 fundraising will go towards helping education in the Solomon Islands.
Caritas has worked with Church agencies in the Solomon Islands on development and relief since 2000. In June 2011, Caritas staff visited the dioceses of Auki and Gizo to find out what kind of help they needed in the future. Education came out strongly as a need, and this led to the Diocese of Gizo Education Project.
The Mufti Mania project has two parts. Part one will strengthen the workshops of three Rural Training Centres within the diocese. Part two aims to train kindergarten teachers from seven parishes across the diocese.
The Centres train young people in skills needed by the community. They encourage graduates to find work locally rather than having to migrate to urban areas. Subjects offered are: agriculture, health, food and nutrition, maths, English, business studies, carpentry, auto mechanic training, animal husbandry, eco-forestry, chain saw repair, and sewing machine repair.
The new project will contribute NZ$16,400 toward the upgrade of two Food and Nutrition Workshops in St Anne’s and St Therese’s Centres, and one Auto Mechanics Workshop in St Dominic’s in the Gizo Diocese.
Meanwhile the Kindergarten Teacher Training project will train teachers who are already working but do not have formal, early childhood qualifications.
The course has field based training, including practical observation components and classroom interaction. Graduates will either enrol for a Diploma of Early Childhood Education, or return to their parish kindergartens to continue teaching. The total cost of this side of the project is NZ$8,600.