| || || Mataitoga, Setoki Mocebalavu.|
| || || Ono-I-Lau epistemology and notions of education for sustainable development : ethnography of a people's philosophies, life values, beliefs and their educative processes - implications for teacher training, curriculum development and leadership |
Author:Mataitoga, Setoki Mocebalavu.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Reverend Motukiliu asked me what my thesis was on and when I explained it to him, he quipped that I could die at the end of my paper and he challenged me that I could also not complete the thesis. Those words coming from a Church Minister challenged me and even thre me into an abyss of deep soul searching. A few days later, I found the light at the end of the tunnel and it strengthened my resolve to go in with faith for what I was doing was for my people. The reverend's words were steeped in IKS and ESD. He hinted at the taboo placed upon those things that I was writing as it was technically for my people alone and not a matter for public concumption. This is actually the gist of why my forbears cherished them. On my part however, I do believe that IKS need to be captured in all media forms as times have been so fast tracked that if no custodian bothered to write an 'insider's' account of IKS surely they will die. Therefore the reverend's words meant that I should do good for my people and to determinedly pursue what I was doing. It also means that if Christ had died for His people that I should live with Him for my people and in that there is no death at the end but life and glory and that is to be God's alone and not mine.