Press Coverage

 

Article from : Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

24/09/2005

The Environmental Encyclopedia of Marovo, Western Province which was launched in Honiara this week is the first volume of a new publication series entitled Knowledges of Nature.

The Head of the UNESCO's project 'Local Indigenous Knowledge Systems', LINKS, Douglas Nakashima, in the foreword to the book says the author, Professor Edvard Hviding of the University of Bergen proposes a voyage of discovery.

Mr Nakashima says it is a voyage that lays out the vastness of the environmental complexity of the Marovo people as evidenced by the more than one-thousand-200 names they possess for plants and animals.

He says it also show the insights of the daily preoccupations of the Marovo people including the managing and use of their natural resources.

Mr Nakashima says he hopes the book brings indigenous language, knowledge and world view into the formal education system in both Marovo and elsewhere in Solomon Islands.

He says it is the first step to enhance the confidence and pride of youth in indigenous knowledge and ways, to reinforce ties between elders and youth, and expand the community's active involvement in local schools.

Article from : Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

22/09/2005

More than 200 students from primary and secondary schools in Marovo, Western Province have for the first time written assignments in their own language.

Professor and the Head of the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Norway, Edvard Hviding, revealed this during the launch of a book about the Reef and Rainforest of Marovo.

He says soon the various assignments will be assembled in a new book to be published by UNESCO, through the LINKS Programme based in Paris.

Professor Hviding who wrote the the book "Reef and Rainforest: An Environment Encyclopedia of Marovo Lagoon" described it as "heart-warming, fantastic and almost unbelievable" to see that even standard two children wrote stories about something in their own language.

He says children were given various assignments that the project team put to the schools and they went ahead and wrote their stories after speaking with their elders.