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Monday, April 16, 2007

North Malaita students attend special seminar on "North Malaita disunity: probabilities, possibilities and challenges" by Dr Kabini Sanga

The North Malaita Cultural Student Association at the University of the South Pacific in Suva has successfully organised a special seminar on Saturday for its student members on the topic "North Malaita disunity: probabilities, possibilities and challenges" from one of Solomon Islands renowned academic, Dr Kabini Sanga.

L-R: Dr Kabini Sanga during the seminar; participants representing To'abaita linguistic grouping.

The one and half hour seminar was attended by more than thirty participants comprising USP and FSM students from Baegu, Lau, Baelelea, To'abaita and Fataleka who are members of the North Malaita student association.

Group discussions (L-R): participants representing Baelelea; representatives of Lau linguistic grouping.

During the seminar, participants were able to highlight the general attributes (both positive and negative) of various linguistic groupings in North Malaita and determine possible and actual factors that may infuriate disunity among North Malaita people. Participants also reflected on the challenges that may arise in any effort to instill unity in North Malaita. Finally, possible strategies to transform the mindset of illiterate rural people on issues that can fuel disintegration among districts, villages, clans and indivduals were also discussed. The seminar was successfully ended with a light refreshment.

Professor Kabini Sanga is currently the Director of the Institute of Education at USP. He joined USP this year on secondment from Victoria University of Wellington, where he is Associate Professor at He Parekereke, Institute for Research and Development in Maori and Pacific Education.

Professor Sanga is a renowned academic and educator in the Pacific with wide-ranging academic interests. These include indigenous research, educational policy-making, leadership in education and governance of higher education. He was also a long time educational leader in the Solomon Islands. He steadfastly and passionately continues in his catalytic work of developing Pacific Islander leadership capacity through various unique initiatives which resulted in the co-authoring and publication of "Apem Moa Solomon Islands Leadership" (lifting the standard of leadership in Solomon Islands) in 2005. He also carried out several leadership trainings to Solomon students at USP over the past two years.

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