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22.11.2018 10:19 Age: 3 yrs

30 students completed their first course of Rotuman social classes

The social classes were designed to cater for Rotumans who have little or no knowledge of the language, in response to the ‘endangered’ status the language has been given by the UN. A first to be offered at the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala campus, a total of 30 students, both children and adults, engaged in 10 weeks of intensive learning, from basic introductions to a deeper connection between knowing the language and being a Rotuman. 

The President of Fiji, also a Rotuman and the USP Chancellor at the time that the initiative was launched, has reiterated the importance of taking action to save the Rotuman language. 

These social classes will continue in Semester 1, 2019 with the hope of getting more Rotumans and also the wider public involved. The social classes are just the beginning, and some of these 30 students will be able to join the first Rotuman credit course when it begins in Semester 2 2019. RT101 Rotuman Language and Culture 1 is the first of four courses that will be introduced progressively from 2019 onwards, which can be taken as a minor in Rotuman or as electives by students on any degree programme.

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