Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Independence Celebrations at Pacific Adventist University

The Pacific Adventist University community celebrated the 33rd Independence Anniversary in style. Many cultural groups representing different parts of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands region also participated in this day long celebration.

It started off with moving and challenging speeches from the three key speakers. When presenting his speech, the outgoing president of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission Students Association, Mr. Jethro Kasse reflected on the struggles and hardship the nation has come through since independence and posed some challenging questions to today’s generation. Another notable speech came from the dean of business at PAU, Mr. Ben Thomas. He challenged the student body and those already in the work force to think twice before making a move to seek employment opportunities overseas. He emphasized that our country desperately needs graduates to fill the different capacities of workforce across the nation to move it forward. Many listeners agreed to his challenges.

Many different cultural dance groups representing the diverse cultural groups around the country participated in this celebration. Participants who participated from the pacific region include Solomon Islands, Tonga, Kiribati/Tuvalu, Samoa, and Fiji including a lone Aussie.

Many commended the student leaders of Papua New Guinea Union Mission for this celebration. The last time such celebration to commemorate the country’s birth was in 2003.

1 comment:

kia said...

i really miss this place....