In my last post, I took you on a virtual tour of a remote Fijian village on Qamea island. One of the most enlightening aspects of this cultural visit was the tour of the village Primary School.
We first met with the school principal in the library. He explained how the Fijian school system works and told us a bit about the school’s programs and initiatives. We were very impressed with his dedication to his school and his students, and we were equally impressed with the curriculum (which seemed to be both highly organized and progressive).
We were then taken to several of the classrooms to see the teachers and students in action. Each class had prepared a short performance of song and dance. The students were eager to engage with us and give us hugs, and some were anxious to see the photos we had just taken of them.
The teachers’ eyes were filled with pride and happiness, yet they maintained the role of formal disciplinarian. While most were Fijians from Qamea, this teacher is from the Polynesian island of Tuvalu.
As we left the school, some of the older kids were on recess. Their faces were filled with a mix of excitement, shyness and more than a touch of curiosity. I wonder what they will grow up to be in life? Who will become a teacher, a doctor, a fisherman or even a divemaster?
I’ll leave you with this thought, one of several staked in the ground just outside of the school. Couldn’t we all use a bit of inspiration?