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University Of Fiji iTaukei Studies To Safeguard Culture

The University of Fiji has recorded a slight increase in student enrollment in its iTaukei courses over the years. It offers these courses as it was one of the most
20 Jan 2017 11:50
University Of Fiji iTaukei Studies To Safeguard Culture

The University of Fiji has recorded a slight increase in student enrollment in its iTaukei courses over the years.

It offers these courses as it was one of the most effective ways to keep the iTaukei traditions and culture alive.

The Centre for iTaukei Studies spokesperson, Amelia Tuilevuka, said the young generation were facing a major identity loss because
of the westernisation of our societies.

“We are having quite a valuable loss in our identity and culture, but the iTaukei courses being offered at the university will act as a platform where students can learn about the traditional iTaukei ways and safeguard the culture,” she said.

Ms Tuilevuka said the slight change in student numbers in this course was due to the lack of inspiration to attract students to iTaukei courses.

“We are trying to get our iTaukei students to be interested because it looks like students relate more to the Western culture and they want jobs that are highly paid and offered but they do not seem to see the value of how we can safeguard our culture,” she said.

“Community Outreach Programmes organised by the University of Fiji Team was one way to increase student’s interest in this programme.

“When we go to these villages, we need not only go there to explain about what we are doing but to inspire the younger generation and help them understand the importance of their identity and their culture,” she said.

Meanwhile, the registrations at Suva and Saweni campuses were still ongoing and interested students were invited to visit the campuses.

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