BY GEORGE MANFORD
HUNDREDS of people in and around Kwarea area witnessed a unique cultural event organised on Wednesday at Kwarea School in the west Fataleka area.
The school annual cultural event was themed “Culture Endangered”. It sparked the eyes of all people, invited guests including the representatives from the Malaita provincial government with its uniqueness and show of the Malaitan culture.
School Principal Godfry Angisia during the official opening programme said, “Ever since the existence of the school, no one has initiated the idea of practically exposing culture practices and identity in the school so that learners can learn to appreciate, cherish and value their traditional cultural values, tradition, customs and norms equally to the knowledge and skills normally taught in classrooms through the formal education system.
“For the past thirty to forty years of modern political governance and influence, many of our cultural aspects and values are gradually varnishing in the face of modern technological changes in our dynamic societies.”
He added that the primary reasons behind this initiative is to activate and incorporate this cultural programme in the school because educational institutions such as school of university is one of the introduced agents of change that can transform any person holistically to a new way of living in modern society.
“Our school board management sees it ideal for the implantation of this programme to sustain and maintain the expected cultural aspects and values in such multi facet communities like Kwarea community high school and the other communities within the area of proximity.”
Another significant reason, Angisia said, is to educate teachers and learners of Kwarea school about their cultures and negative changes that are now eroding the best traditional practices and disciplines strongly enforced in the past.