A GROUP of iTaukei teachers in the north are undertaking a two-week course to preserve the indigenous Fijian language.
The course, scheduled to end this week, is being held at the USP Labasa Campus.
The participants include primary and kindergarten teachers from the provinces of Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata.
USP assistant lecturer Sekove Bigitibau said there was a need to further educate the 40 participants to allow them to be better qualified.
"We are trying to educate these teachers so they can get degrees which will enable them to teach their students well," Mr Bigitibau said.
"The iTaukei Trust Fund Board funded their studies which is a 100 level degree course namely, LL161 provided at USP.
"This course educates teachers on the basic principles of the iTaukei language."
Mr Bigitibau said the iTaukei language has not fared as well as English and Hindi because most people fail to speak it daily.
He urged participants to enrich the language and culture by teaching and speaking in Fijian.
"When teachers attain a degree from this program, they will be able to teach their students properly in schools.
"This is something we want because it will help preserve our culture and identity," Mr Bigitibau said.