The work of two Melanesian students studying at the University of the South Pacific under Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships, AAPS, have been published as educational resources.
Ms Jimmy Telstar’s ‘Journey of Truth’ is a collection of poems demonstrating a Ni-Vanuatu’s footprints among the musings of Oceania and Ms Roselyn Maneipuri’s ‘Classroom Game Activities’, her fifth publication, is a guide for Solomon Islands teachers.
The duo were acknowledged by Ms Christina Munzer, Counsellor Development Cooperation for Fiji and Tuvalu of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Suva at a recent end-of-award lunch held for AAPS students hosted by USP at its Laucala Campus.
Ms Telstar who has been writing since her teenage years said she went through a lot during that time and the only way she could speak her feelings was through writing and especially poetry.
She acknowledged that taking up literature at USP has taught her to be a better writer and she was inspired further by her lecturers particularly in story writing.
Telstar started work on her book four years ago and is thankful to families and close friends for their support.
Telstar, who has struggled to juggle responsibilities between family and studies, described the moment the book was published as one of sheer joy and relief.
Telstar graduates at the end of November at the USP Emalus Campus with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Journalism and Language and Literature and said that being an AAPS recipient has been amazing.
Meanwhile, for Solomon Islander Roselyn Maneipuri, writing is not so much a new found hobby as this is her fifth book, but she is excited nonetheless.
The proud grandmother of three has contributed to ‘A School Boarding Experience’, which is basically creative writing, including two poetry volumes in addition to two teacher guides.
The second and third are two poetry volumes, which has all sorts of poems.
The final two publications are teacher guides as well including how to start and end a lesson and the latest one is on classroom games which includes grammar, vocabulary and games.
The educator and poet from West Kwaio and Are’are in Malaita has taught trainee teachers in Solomon Islands secondary schools.
Sharing her Master’s journey, Ms Maneipuri said her main highlight was the thesis writing.
She also thanked her supervisors in Tonga and Fiji who she said have always encouraged and motivated her saying what helped a lot was the fact that she enjoys writing.
Ms Maneipuri thanked her sponsor, the Australian Government for the opportunity she would otherwise not have had and USP’s Regional Scholarship Team office for ensuring they had a smooth stay that allowed them to concentrate on their studies.