Dr. Apolonia Tamata, Senior Culture and & Heritage Specialist offers the cheque to Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean FALE. Source: FALE
The Fijian language programme at The University of the South Pacific (USP) continues to be sustained following funding to the tune of $22, 220 from the iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB).
A cheque was presented in this regard by Dr. Apolonia Tamata, Senior Program Specialist of TTFB, to Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) on 29 April 2019.
Dr Kedrayate acknowledged the funding saying it would help sustain the programme and that “FALE is pleased with the collaboration with the iTaukei Trust Fund Board and their continued support for the programme at USP”.
She mentioned that while the total funding for the programme is about $160,000 annually, this additional cheque is to fund flexi-school cohort for teachers and also the staff from the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs taking the Fijian programme.
“The Fijian language programme is very important as it provides the opportunity for iTaukei students to learn and undertake research about their language and culture so that they can teach Fijian, communicate and express themselves confidently as Fijians and be proud of their identity,” Dr Kedrayate said.
Dr. Kedrayate acknowledged the continued partnership of USP and the TTFB in the teaching and development of the Fijian language and culture at USP.
Dr Tamata remarked that the iTaukei Trust Fund Board has always been pleased to support the Fijian Language programme at USP not only is it the leading programme in Fijian language studies but also that it is one of TTFB’s role to support programmes that promote Fijian language and culture.
She said they appreciated the work done by USP in not only sustaining the Fijian language programme but also in ensuring its availability for students both young and mature.
The iTaukei Trust Fund Board was established in 2004 to foster advancement of iTaukei and Rotumans to assist in their long term economic, social and cultural, community and political development.
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