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Media Release: Tongan Language Certificate Award and New Lo'auan Theory on Tongan Vavanga about Blood in Modern Lineages, Society and Nature

Loau Univesity 2014 to 2015TONGAN LANGUAGE CERTIFICATE AWARD” AND LAUNCHING OF A NEW THEORY ON

“TONGAN VAVANGA ABOUT BLOOD IN MODERN LINEAGES, SOCIETY AND NATURE”

Tongan Language has its roots and intrinsic surviving values in ‘blood’, which is also embedded and evolved in society, history and nature. Such a view is observable too in other world languages.  Since immemorial times, language has been surviving through the blood line of a given race or lineage. As society has become more complex due to migration and various alterations in the environment, language begins to disperse and disintegrate into factions. It then evolves and extends to new interrelated kinds in ‘content’ with similar ‘form’ but still under the guidance, nurture and preservation of a given race. The teaching of Tongan language at Lo’au University is therefore based on a related emerging theory of Professor Siosiua Lafitani known as, “Tongan Vavanga about Blood in Modern Lineages, Society and Nature”/”Vavanga Faka-Tonga ki he Ta’ata’a (pe Toto) ‘o e Ngaahi Ha’a Fakaonopōni, Fonua mo e ‘Ulufonua”. 

Since 2014, this evolving theory has been applied by Lafitani and Lo’au University to other fields in Ethno-Sciences, Humanities, Health and Social Services for verification of valid and true values. Thus, Lafitani reminds us of the theories of ‘Competence (La Langue)’ and ‘Performance (La Parole)’ by French linguist, Ferdinand De Saussure; ‘DNA migration and determination’ by genetic scientists; and ancient Tongan contemplation of blood as ‘mana (i.e. chiefly or godly energy of life)’. 

The Ceremony of Certificate Award on Saturday 5th of August is the second of its kind for Lo’au University since its official launch in 2014 by the then Education Minister Hon. Dr ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki. The First Ceremony was in 2016 whereby 15 Certificates were presented to local experts in traditional arts and community works for their great efforts and dedications to society in the past years. This upcoming Second Ceremony is for ‘Esiteli Hafoka of Stanford University on Tonan Language and Culture – for a Post-graduate Diploma (three Certificates to be completed). A Third Ceremony of Certificate Award will be in October this year for dance students in the Lo’au Arts Foundation of Lo’au University – five Certificates for a Diploma. Lo’au University is the first online higher learning institute in Tonga toaward Certificates to local Tongan experts in traditional arts and community works, as well as, Diploma and Post-graduate Diploma on Tongan dances and language for its local and overseas students.

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LO’AUAN CERTIFICATE AWARD CEREMONY


FOR ‘ESITELI HAFOKA ON POST-GRADUATE TONGAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE COURSE, FIRST CERTIFICATE (THREE FOR A POST-GRADUATE DIPLOMA), PhD STUDENT IN THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY IN CALIFORNIA
(Saturday 05/08/2017, Lo’au University, Halapouvalu Ma’ananga, Pahu NUKU’ALOFA).

Abstract:


The course introduces World and Malayo-Moanan (Tongan) Languages, Computer-online and Bio-genetic Structure, Classical and Modern Tongan Speaking and Writing (Structure and Grammar), Informal-Formal Speaking and Writing, and Psychology and Logic of Translation and Interpretation

PROGRAM


10.45 am: Arrival of Guests
11.00 am: Final Seminar by ‘Esiteli Hafoka
11.50 am: Certificate Award Presentation
       - Opening Prayer by Bishop Fotu Guttenbeil (Vaokakala ‘o Tu’i Tonga)
       - Welcome Speech by Viliami ‘Atelea Afeaki (Lehāpoto)
       - Award Presentation by Professor Siosiua Fonuakihehama Lafitani PhD              (Pouvalu),
         Dean of University
       - Speech by ‘Esiteli Hafoka
       - Speech by Professor Siosiua Lafitani
       - Words of Thank by Holosini Uata (Tupoumolotuma)
       - Closing Prayer by Paula Moli
1.00 pm: Lunch