Pacific philosophy conference targets wisdom sharing

The four partners after the signing of the agreement in Suva. From left: Dr Frances C Koya-Vaka’uta of the USP’s Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies; Professor Unaisi Nabobo Baba of the NFU, PIANGO executive director Emele Duituturaga and PTC principal Reverend Prof Feleterika Uili Nokise. Picture: SUPPLIED/PIANGO

THE inaugural Pacific Philosophy Conference hopes to capture knowledge that is fast disappearing in the islands.
The conference, which will be held from June 11-14, aims to collate this wisdom-sharing for our next generations to address this aspect of Pacific life and help bring revival in the way islanders cope with today’s social, economic, health and other associated problems, and live their lives using the wisdom that our forefathers had.
The conference is possible with the partnership between the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), Pacific Theological College, University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University.
During the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the partners yesterday, PTC Associate Professor and head of Theology and Ethics Reverend Dr Upolu Vaai said the Pacific was faced with development changes that were causing the evolution of our ways.
“This partnership came into being because of the common interest of these four institutions in the search for a new development narrative for the Pacific,” Mr Vaai said.
PIANGO executive director Emele Duituturaga said PIANGO was pleased to be part of an event that was part of a process that aimed to bring change to the mindset of people
She said for the last six years, PIANGO had been operating under the theme – Rethinking Development, Reshaping the Pacific We want – and the conference was ideal in that it brought practitioners to the table.
More on this story in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and in our E-Edition.

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