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Faculty of Arts, Law and Education congratulates Pacific Vernacular Language Graduates

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DVC LTSS Prof. Richard Coll and Dean FALE Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate (Center) with the graduates and other USP Staff at the reception

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) congratulated the first of the Pacific Vernacular Language Graduates on 23 March 2015.

Dean FALE and the CEO of the iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB) jointly hosted a reception to acknowledge the completion of studies towards the Diploma in Pacific Vernacular Language – Fijian of the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs (MTA) cohort and a Teachers cohort, most of whom are employees of the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Dean for FALE, Dr. Akanisi Kedrayate in her speech congratulated and thanked TTFB in allowing its officers to undertake these studies at USP. She further stated that the cohort system of learning offered by FALE allows working mature students of the same institution to undertake a programme of study during pre-arranged time blocks convenient to both employer and FALE.

The reception also recognised the support of TTFB in funding developmental initiatives into the meaningful study, research and promotion of the Fijian language and dialects as the languages of the indigenous people of Fiji.

CEO of TTFB, Mr. Isoa Kaloumaira said in his speech that one of their main purposes was to protect and promote the Fijian language and culture. He added that this cause was further helped by the cohort system of learning offered by FALE .

This initiative started out with a teachers’ cohort each in the Labasa, Lautoka and Laucala campuses. MTA cohort was undertaken through the Laucala campus only.

The Fijian language programme at USP’s School of Language, Arts and Media is acknowledged in offering a study that has proven valuable in equipping its graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills of language analysis and application.

Thirteen (13) teachers and thirteen (13) MTA officers graduated with the Diploma in Pacific Vernacular Language – Fijian on Friday 27 March at USP’s graduation ceremony. 

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