The Fiji Times » Indigenous storybook launch
The launch of 10 Indigenous storybooks on Wednesday last week is expected to help boost the study and teaching of Indigenous languages.
Speaking at the launch of the books, the chief executive of the Fiji Institute of Indigenous Studies, Emitai Boladuadua, said the launch of the books would foster and advance indigenous research approaches on cultural knowledge, epistemologies, iTaukei and Rotuman worldviews and heritages and support the recording and documentation of cultural histories and practices and the restoration and conservation of cultural forms and expressions.
“There is a general lack of reading material, written in iTaukei language, which is necessary for teaching Vosa Vakaviti in primary and secondary schools,” Mr. Boladuadua said.
“With this in mind, the Fiji Institute of Indigenous Studies (IISF), made up mostly of retired iTaukei, teachers have taken it upon themselves to use their expertise and knowledge to craft reading material, l occurrence, specifically for year 1 to 3 students.
The books are well illustrated by local artist Anare Somumu and written by the late Ratu Semi Seruvakula, Vika Maloni, Tuipulotu Vugakoto, Mosese Uluicicia, Alitia Sila Temo, Sainimere Rauqeuqe and Vika Nasome.
Meanwhile, iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB) Managing Director Aisake Taito said he was delighted to partner with the Fiji Institute of Indigenous Studies on this educational initiative.
“As these children’s books are for young children, who in their formative years will learn and grasp the basics of Fijian language and culture,” Mr Taito said.
The Institute of Indigenous Studies (under the banner of the Fijian Retired Teachers Association) in partnership with the iTaukei Trust Fund Board launched the 10 Fijian language storybooks.