News and information service for Banaban Network Worldwide!
Cr. Iekerua,(Interim school manager, is working this with the Multi Ethnic Affairs who are willing to pay for culture teacher's salaries once MOE approves. The Manager is still working on compiling the syllabus for the culture periods. This will have to include all aspects of culture.
We now have a dedicated RHS site and blog set up at: htttp://www.rabihighschool.com especially for the school teachers, administrators and friends of the school community.
We look forward to your discussions (FORUM) and comments.
Mauri Tutu your new RHS blog is now set up at www.rabihighschool.com
I will include direct links between all our Banaban sites hopefully by the end of today.
it is a good idea but the best environment for them to learn the Banaban Culture is at home. Our culture is already in us since we were born until to date. we learnt theory and practical at home, but the only emphasis we have to rely on is to encourage parents to teach their children the culture day by day.
Also, at home they are exposed to various traditional events where they observe, listen and practice of what their culture is ought to be.
i really appreciate your effort and it is my prayer that Multi-ethnic is willing to fund the program.
Banaban culture & tradition.
Not a problem whatsoever with all due respect, it is our identity , thats what makes us different from others, and so it is the same, with other races in this term "tradition and culture.
As long as the final product or outcome is of good ,fine quality , I believe that any community will accept and have high regards and respect for that particular kind of people.
I agree in to what Tawita has to say:
"it is a good idea but the best environment for them to learn the Banaban Culture is at home. Our culture is already in us since we were born until to date. we learnt theory and practical at home, but the only emphasis we have to rely on is to encourage parents to teach their children the culture day by day.
Also, at home they are exposed to various traditional events where they observe, listen and practice of what their culture is ought to be."
I just want to put more emphasis on our culture in regards to RESPECT( Te karinerine as I call it).
Love is humble,kind,respect and understanding as well. Being outspeaking is not a sign of disrespect if it is done in a properly fashioned manner, which is out of love so that it is not for personal gain but for the benefit of the many.
As Tawita said,...I too back it up ...that everything begins at home.
Let us start living love at home, speaking positive words, encouraging words ,uplifting words coz i believe RESPECT comes in there again ..there is a saying which says.."in order to gain respect you first have to respect others..." The Bible teaches .."to be a good leader, one must first have to serve."
Our culture is unique in it's own way, and i believe that no one can take that away from us.
My question is: was our culture and tradition made by God or man?
If it was made by God then I rest my peace here, but if it was made by man, then I believe we can by all right alter to changes for the benefit of everyone.
This is a very good area of discussion...culture made by us or by Almighty God? I would say both...in this order...God made us Banabans then let/allow us to make our own culture, traditions, customs, way of life, or whatever it is called taking into consideration all the elements around us, seen (physical) and unseen (supernatural/superstitious), our interactions with these and with other people, known (our own people) and unknown (strangers), that is also, in this order...first, our ancestors and elders on Banaba...then second, us, on Rabi in Fiji. If I am not mistaken culture/traditions/customs etc all emanated or manifested from SURVIVAL as human beings in a given environment. A change in environment means also a change/improvement/addition in culture/traditions/customs etc, even language...we tend to pick up some part of other people's language and intergrate it into ours. It is how we (as a race) live and survive in our own God-given and God-adopted environment that made us what we are and who we are, maybe similar in some ways to others with similar environments, but still totaly different and unique from others or other races.
Now what are our Banaba culture(s) that are going to be taught to our young ones at the RHS? Traditional dancing?...that has been going on for some time. What else? "te koro karewe?"...mmm did our ancestors brought this with them?...maybe "kaain te wa mai Beru" did. What else? Why not how to make "te tangana n tarine?". I believe only a handfull of our Banaban ladies know how to do this these days...and this is our culture also...it is one of our ancestors traditional food. What else? Bethrothal and marriage protocols? This will be an interesting one...
Truelly, this is a very important subject to be taught to our young ones and as a Banaban I fully support it.
I agree to all the discussions going on, but my question is; how can the sustainability of this culture of ours be maintained, when we still do not know ourselves well. As from this very moment which I believe majority of our people are more educated, we should be able to act as responsible Banabans.
This positive attitude should be practiced among us.What I actually mean here is (using our rights) that we have to get way with our old traditional attitudes and put this "right" in a proper and rightful way.
For instantance, we should use our rights in a way that we are not interrupting or interjecting any means of behaviour and attitudes which have been there from our fore fathers.But need to activate and pracitice for the people,with the people and amongst the people for the benefit of all ,the Banabans.
I was thinking about this and came up with this suggestion????.
Culture and Tradition is a unique study. To make it really cultural, it would be nice to find alternative writing materials, eg. leaves for books, charcoal for pen????? dress in local costumes during such periods????? No marks recorded to determine ones progress but, ceremoniously initiated to the next level?????, etc, etc, etc......
This is what I believe to be really cultural and rewarding to both our local and international communities. Because our culture is taught and learned in its highest and noblest form, as though we are learning from our wise old people.
If I am way off the mark in this, forget it bcos I am way too old as well by this time. Cheers