Grassroots to graduation: East Kwaio father and son celebrate in Port Moresby

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Friday, 6 December, 2013

Chief Esau Kekeubata, cultural broker and THS collaborator from Malaita, Solomon Islands, recently attended the graduation of his son Tommy Esau from Pacific Adventist University (PAU). Tommy graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Geography and English) on Saturday 30 November from PAU in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Esau, who himself only had 1.5 years of formal schooling, was thrilled with the achievement of his son. “Tommy is the first person from our mountain tribe to earn a university degree”, Esau said. “I am very proud of his achievement.”

Tommy and Esau come from the remote mountain region of East Kwaio, Malaita, Solomon Islands. Currently, the 3000 people who live in this region have no schools at all.

Tommy was one of 157 excited graduates at PAU who celebrated the completion of their Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programs. For more information about the graduating students, visit the PAU website.

Image: Tommy and Esau at the Pacific Adventist University graduation ceremny in Port Moresby on 30 November 2013. Photo by Lester Asugeni

Posted by Rick Speare