24 Mar 2010

Culture needs to be integrated into education system says leaders in Noumea

8:07 am on 24 March 2010

Leaders gathered at the Council of Pacific Arts say if culture is not integrated into the education system, Pacific culture may further erode.

The 23rd Meeting of the Council of Pacific Arts is currently underway in Noumea with a key focus on raising the profile of culture.

The chair of the education and strategy working group, Dr Viliami Fukofuka, says because culture is strong in countries in the Pacific, it is not often formally taught.

And the chair of the regional culture strategy, Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua, says one of the biggest challenges in the Pacific is to have the teaching of culture in schools.

"It's about the preservation or the safe-guarding of the culture, the promotion to see that it continues for future generations. So the benefits are that that transition will continue because at the moment it's eroded, many of our pacific island people are not speaking their langauges and we need to keep it alive because it's something that's been neglected in the development of curriculum in the Pacific."

Adi Meretui Ratunabuabua says people take for granted that culture will always be there but many are moving away from their countries and losing their mother tongue.