Two students from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu Campus scooped first and second prizes at a Public Speaking Competition to mark ‘World Tuna Day’ celebration in Tuvalu on 1 May 2019.

Fagasele Kiatoa, Lilipeti Suiti and Apisai Apisai, all Foundation Arts students, were selected to speak on the theme, “Tuna is Health”. They competed in the second category – ‘Form 7 and Foundation’ and grabbed the first and third awards.

Kiaota walked away with the first prize of AUSD500.00 while the third prize of AUSD$200.00 was scooped by Suiti. They competed against Motufoua Secondary School (MSS) in the second category. The first category were for forms five and six between the students from MSS) and Fetuvalu Secondary School (FSS).

An elated Dr Rosiana Lagi, USP Tuvalu Campus Director, says they were always pleased to participate in such events to expose students to public speaking and acknowledging and addressing issues relevant to the students and the Tuvalu community.

She congratulated them and thanked them for their contribution to the competition which she said ‘raised USP Tuvalu campus’ reputation and boosted the campus’ involvement in the community.

“I am always proud of students’ achievements because it reflects the scaffolding and teaching done at the University.  In addition, it also displays the quality of Academic staff we have and the quality of students we create,” Dr Lagi commented.

She acknowledged Valisi Tovia, the Student Learning Support Specialist who trained the students.

“I share the same sentiment as Valisi in acknowledging the Department of Fisheries for their invitation and look forward to more opportunities such as this for our students,” she said.

Dr Lagi also commended the Director, Department of Fisheries Mr. Sam Finikaso, for inviting Foundation students from USP Tuvalu Campus to participate in the PSC.

The competition, which is normally held between the various secondary and tertiary educational institutes in Tuvalu is one of the activities in the programme that is prepared and supervised by the Fisheries Department at the Vaiaku Falekaupule.

World Tuna Day is an international day which falls on Thursday 02 May 2019, and it has been celebrated by Tuvalu under the management and supervision of the Fisheries Department from 29 April – 2 May 2019, the actual day of celebration.

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