Chief Guest Honorable Ambelosa Tehulu, the Minister for Public Works, Infrastructure and Energy officiated at the event.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus held its Open Day on Friday 4 October 2019 at the Tulaakiga Hall at the Queen Elizabeth Park, with the theme, “Educate Tuvalu – Resilient Citizens.”
The Open Day was attended by Honorable Ministers and Members of Parliament, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Senior Government officials, upper primary school students from the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School and Nauti Primary School and their teachers including teachers from the Fetuvalu Secondary School and USP Alumni.
While opening the event, Honorable Ambelosa Tehulu, the Minister for Public Works, Infrastructure and Energy, highlighted the importance of education in creating resilient citizens.
The Hon Minister emphasised the significant role played by USP Tuvalu Campus in ensuring that Tuvalu citizens are well equipped with knowledge and skills that will enable them to live sustainably in Tuvalu, and ensuring that they pass on these knowledge and skills to the future generation.
Honorable Tehulu, stated that we need to educate our people to be resilient citizens to be able to withstand the changes brought about by the changing climate.
He further commended Dr. Rosiana Lagi, Campus Director, and her staff and students for a well-organised event.
The Open Day showcased the three different Faculties – Faculty of Arts Law and Education (FALE), Faculty of Business & Economics (FBE) and the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment (FSTE), including Pacific TAFE through pamphlets, brochures and newsletters presented by staff and students. The staff and students supervise
In her address, Dr. Rosiana Lagi, Tuvalu Campus Director said USP Open Day is an annual event that provides opportunities for faculties and schools and other sections of the University, to display their programmes.d the various booths who served everyone who inquired about the programmes and courses offered.
She mentioned that this year’s theme emphasised the need for Tuvaluans to be educated as resilient citizens to combat climate change, a critical issue which is currently affecting their lives.
Other activities tailored into the programme included the World Teachers’ Day and an oratory competition. Part time tutors and mentors at USP Tuvalu Campus were awarded with presents sponsored by USP Vice-President Regional Campuses & Estates and Infrastructure as part of World Teachers’ Day.
In addition, five Tuvalu campus students orated on the theme of the Open Day and volunteers at the Tuvalu Family Health Association advocated on sexual reproductive health. The winner of the oratory Fagaese Kiatoa spoke on USP’s role in educating Tuvaluans to be resilient citizens and emphasized on the important role of the youth population in ensuring a safe and sustainable Tuvalu.
The Right Honorable Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Tuvalu’s former Prime Minister and climate change warrior, awarded the prizes to the winning orators and encouraged the Tuvalu Campus to continue with their research and work on climate change. Mr Sopoaga also challenged USP Tuvalu to do more in the areas of sustainable development and environment.
The Open Day concluded with cultural performances from the students representing their different island communities and a feast with the invited guests, staff and students.
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