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April, 03, 2008 11:12 Age: 9 yrs

Community workers need to be aware of globalization trends.

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Dr. Bruce Yeates presented his arguments at two conferences dealing with social and community work.

Dr. Bruce Yeates, responsible for the social work programmes in the School of Social Sciences, presented a paper to the University of the South Pacific Continuing & Community Education Regional Conference, Building Alliance and Partnerships: Enhancing continuing and community education in the region entitled ‘Enhancing the role of Community Workers in the Pacific Community’ held on the USP Alafua Campus, Apia Samoa, 18 – 20 April 2007.

The paper stressed the need for community workers to have a critical understanding of current globalization trends and how these trends impact local Pacific contexts;

Pacific social and community work practice at the local level; social policy and programmes of organizations at the national and local levels; and education, training and practice of social and community workers.

Bruce also presented a paper to the Fiji Government, Department of Social Welfare, Social Welfare Officers Conference held 10th - 11th May 2007 at Nadave, Fiji entitled ‘Contemporary social and community work issues and social welfare in Fiji.’

The paper argued that social welfare officers need to be critically aware of the impact that corporate globalization policies have on the people in the respective provinces/divisions and local communities in which they work.

He noted that the national social policies and social and community work practices are also changing as a result of globalization and social welfare officers must be educated and trained to be able to be proactive in the changes that are taking place in social welfare delivery in the country.


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