Review of Spa Academy Rural Scholarship Program Report

Author/s: Farida Fleming

Spa Academy has been providing spa training in Fiji for 20 years. The Academy was established in 1998 and provides spa training, spa operations and product manufacturing. The Academy is now integrated with the Essence of Fiji Rejuvenation Centre, a high-end transit lounge catering to Fiji travellers.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides funding to Spa Academy through Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women). Funding to Spa Academy provides scholarships for 90 women from low socio-economic backgrounds or from rural and remote areas where access to employment is low. DFAT commissioned this review in 2019 in order to understand the outcomes achieved for the graduates, their families and communities and to provide recommendations for the future.

The review was conducted over the period of February–April 2019 using a collaborative and theory-driven approach. The reviewer gathered data through: document review; a survey of graduates; interviews with graduates; and a focus-group discussion with graduates and their families.

The findings are presented using the Gender at Work analytic framework and are presented using the four areas identified by this framework: changes to individual graduates’ consciousness and capabilities; changes to individual graduates’ resources; changes to informal norms and exclusionary practices; and changes to formal rules and policies.


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  • Date Published: July 17, 2019

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