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Train vanua leaders: Chief

By JOELENE TUIMOALA The Tui Macuata, Ratu Aisea Katonivere, believes a school needs to be established to train young traditional leaders of the vanua. This was revealed through his submission
05 Oct 2012 08:48

By JOELENE TUIMOALA

The Tui Macuata, Ratu Aisea Katonivere, believes a school needs to be established to train young traditional leaders of the vanua.
This was revealed through his submission to the Constitution Commission at the Labasa Civic Centre on Wednesday.
“Perhaps we could re-establish a school especially designed to train and nurture young traditional leaders who are put through rigorous training not only to excel as individuals but to know traditional protocols, the ceremonies and the characters of being a leader of the Vanua. To be excellent decision members and lead with the heart,” Ratu Aisea said.
As an example, he said Japan was successful as a country because the people were deeply rooted in their tradition and at the same time embraced modern day democracy.
“Japan is a country that embraces both worlds successfully. Respect, honesty and integrity is so deeply rooted in their culture; it is reflected in every other aspect of their life, thus their phenomenal industrial growth and technological advancement in such a short span of time, after the Second World War.”
Ratu Aisea said leaders of the vanua must be visionaries for the people.
“If we are to raise young leaders who will eventually be installed as chiefs of the vanua, we need to train them so that they are suitably equipped to embrace both democracy and the traditional values of the vanua and its expectations towards a chief and to integrate the present day values into their leadership,” the Tui Macuata said.




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