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USP Solomon Islands Campus Director John Usuramo (Left) received the paddle as the first point of acceptance in Solomon Islands to hosting the conference.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Solomon Islands Campus will host the 2016 Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference.

“I’m traditionally announcing that in the spirit of the “Vaka Pasifiki”, that the vaka has now been accepted traditionally to berth in Solomon Islands till its next departure,” School of Education Lecturer Jack Maebuta said.

In a brief handing over ceremony on 30 September, the Director of USP Solomon Islands Campus, John Usuramo received the paddle as the first point of acceptance in Solomon Islands to hosting the conference.

“Through the office of the director we will solicit support from all the stakeholders for us to work together in hosting what is envisaged to be a big and exciting conference,” Maebuta said.

While speaking at the National Development Workshop on Cultural Industries in Solomons, the Campus Director highlighted the arrival of the Vaka Pasifiki Education Conference in Solomon Islands.

“We would like to alert participants to come to this conference and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture to be on board the Vaka with us,” Usuramo said.  

Usuramo was overwhelmed to receive the “Vaka Pasifiki” for the Solomon Islands people.

“It is in this traditional spirit that Solomon Islands through its USP campus is committed to making this conference successfully delivered in 2016,” he said.

The bi-annual conference recently concluded in Tonga.

Vaka Pasifikiis an educational movement supported by “ordinary people with extra-ordinary dreams!”   It is the initial name for the emerging Indigenous Pacific Research School of Thought.

This conference provides USP’s School of Education an opportunity to share ideas, present on research and best practice, and discuss issues relevant to teacher education, educational policy and practice, and teaching and learning in Oceania.

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