Students need to know the history of their country emphasizes Deputy VC Paunga
DVC Paunga presenting certificates to the representatives of the high schools
The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Paunga has emphasized that it is very important for all students around the Pacific Island countries to be properly versed with the history of their countries.
Dr Paunga made the point while speaking at the Girmit Day celebration organized by the USP Lautoka Campus on May 3.
To commemorate this year’s Girmit Day celebration the USP Lautoka campus organized a daylong event which started with a debate between eight high schools and the top three schools were rewarded for their exceptional presentation.
Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Sashi Kiran was the chief guest at the second half of the day’s program where special Girmit related items were performed by the USP Lautoka Campus students. The day culminated with a special Girmit exhibition for members of the general public.
Dr Paunga thanked the government of the day for making this year’s Girmit Day celebration a historical one.
He highlighted that USP is made up of 12 member counties hence to shape the future of the Pacific it is vital for students to first of all know the history of their own country than that of their neighboring island nations.
“It is very important for each and every one of us here in Fiji to know about yourselves, your country, your resources, politics, economics, everything that you can think of about your country.
“The sacrifice and struggle of the Girmitiyas in shaping Fiji is an integral part of this country’s history which should never be forgotten.
“This piece of history has to be continuously preserved generation after generation to provide inspiration to students of different age.”
Meanwhile, the DVC commended all the students taking part in the debate session for their exceptional research and presentation.
He informed the students that research and presentation is a crucial part of university studies, and the debate session has provided them the ideal platform to prepare themselves for tertiary education in the near future.