Students learn the past, present and future of the Pacific

STUDENTS from one of the country’s biggest universities toured the Captial City earlier this month on a fact-finding mission to establish historical places in the city.

The University of the South Pacific’s “Winter Flexi-Course” students were challenged to visit 20 separate locations in Suva, and at each pit stop, a specific pose was to be struck that related to the site.

Class teaching assistant Sangita Lal said the course was usually provided online but for the last semester break, a more hands-on approach was involved.

The unit is called Pacific Worlds whereby the students are taught about the past, present and future of every island nation within the Pacific region.

“We want the students to be more conscious of the region that they’re from,” Ms Lal said.

Ni-Vanuatu student Sackline Peter, 21, said: “I have been here for three years and I have never seen these historical places.”

He said this exercise was an eye-opener to Fiji’s history and she learnt a lot.

Anishma Prasad, who led the ground expedition, said they had been assigned this field work for finding sites, which some of them were not aware of because the class was compact with diverse students.

She said the local students were showing historical sites, which was educational, fun and a good social experience.