Honourable Charmaine Scotty, Minister of Education of Nauru.
The Government of Nauru has officially launched a song for The University of the South Pacific (USP) in commemoration of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Minister for Education of Nauru, Honourable Charmaine Scotty officially launched the song, in the Nauruan language as part of a dinner hosted by the Ministry for USP Council members and staff on 22 May 2018 in Yaren District.
As part of the celebrations for USP’s golden jubilee celebrations, the Government and people of Nauru also prepared a celebratory cake, which was cut by His Excellency David Adeang, the Acting President of Nauru and the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Winston Thompson on behalf of USP.
Hon. Scotty said the song and the cake was a small and sincere gesture by the Government and People of Nauru for USP in recognition of the contribution that the University has made towards the development of education in Nauru.
“This is a special occasion for USP and its member countries. For Nauru and its people, this song is a way of expressing our love, thanks and gratitude for USP especially for all the years that USP has been in existence in Nauru and the work it has done to enhance further education in our country,” Hon. Scotty said.
“In the Pacific, people express their feelings through song and express all the sentiments that we would not be able to say in a normal situation,” Hon. Scotty added.
She added that the Government of Nauru recognises that USP is becoming very important in terms of providing tertiary education to Nauru and the Government is proud to be part of the University.
She added that with the new Nauru Campus in a prime location and linked with the high school as part of the Nauru Learning Village, the Government expects even greater numbers of students enrolling into USP to attain higher education.
“The inclusion of the Community Library with the University and as part of the Learning Village is also an added advantage as it will encourage other members of the community to read and we hope that this will also generate an interest in the people to enquire about USP’s programmes and enroll to better themselves,” Hon. Scotty added.
She added that USP offers endless possibilities to the people of Nauru and is a University which is grounded in the Pacific Arts and Culture.
Pro Chancellor and Chair of USP Council Mr Winston Thompson and the Acting President of Nauru, His Excellency David Adeang, during the special dinner and song launch in commemoration of the USP’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
“Many people have the perception that a University is only academically oriented for research and degrees. But USP, is very well rounded in the sense that while it offers academic programmes, it also has a place for people with other talents and provides an avenue to develop these talents, such as the Pasifika Voices,” Hon. Scotty said.
USP, the Hon. Minister said, understands the need to develop local Pacific Art forms and the people of Nauru understand this and will hopefully pursue some of these programmes.
Hon. Scotty highlighted that for Nauru, there is a need to develop the mature and working students, especially those who have completed high school but did not see the need to pursue higher education.
“USP offers these students a chance to come back for further studies by offering cohort based programmes such as basic English, basic accounting and also through its Pacific Technical and Further Education, which provide that much needed opportunity for people to better themselves,” Hon. Scotty added.
Hon. Scotty added that with the new Campus and its modern ICT facilities, the Government is hopeful that USP will offer all its degree programmes that are offered at the Laucala Campus. .
The song has been composed by a famous and talented song writer in Nauru named Lois Deduna, who created this song upon the request by the Minister of Education of Nauru.
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