The Fiji Football Association Just Play Programme had a three days refresher course on Community based Monitoring and Evaluation from last Monday which ended yesterday at Fiji Football Association Headquarters in Vatuwaqa.
OFC Monitoring and Evaluation coordinator Supriya Kulkarni-Padhye said the course which started on Monday was actually a refresher course on community based Monitoring and Evaluation.
She said they were teaching the team how to do focus group which was nothing but interview with the group of people and the communities.
“We want the communities to give feedback on the Just Play program and that is why we are going to communities as part of this course to do practical,”Padhye said.
She said they were holding the seminar in Fiji because the Just Play team here had proven to be one of the best team in the Pacific.
“There is lots of capacity to do research and add value to the Just Play programe and improve the reporting here and once this kind of focus course is successful in Fiji we will go to other parts of the region, “She said.
Padhye said the participants were Just Play coordinators, volunteers and Just Play Project manager.
“The objectives of this course are to train the Just Play coordinators and volunteers to be researchers and to be able to conduct focus group successfully in future.”
She said the Just Play progame in Fiji was performing fantastically and proven to be one of the best programe in the region.
“I think the Just Play programe was the only program for the children during the Cyclone Winston because of that it has been shortlisted for an award and including the Beyonce Award in London and as a team and as a project manager for Just Play Fiji, Lavenia Yalovi is performing the best and is the role model for others,” she added.
Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf while officially opening the course thanked the Just Play volunteers and coordinators for their hard work put in to make the program much successful in the country.
“The Just Play activities have brought in more interest in kids to play football which is great way for the development of football in the country, “Yusuf said.
The team had their community program at the Muana -i- ra village in Rewa last Tuesday and Wednesday.