Raga custom school opening this week

Egdar Hinge (in custom attire) posing with Parliamentary Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Johnny Koanapo,

at the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Expo in Guang Dong Province, China in November 2016.

A custom school specializing in teaching North Raga (Pentecost) language, songs and dances will open on Saturday at Huarere Nagamal at Tagabe in Port Vila.

The private traditional school, named Mata Custom School, will hold classes for two hours every Saturday afternoon.

The teacher/owner of the school is well known Vanuatu Kaljoral Senta (VKS) artist/performer Edgar Hinge.

Edgar Hinge says the aim of the school is to provide a venue for children of North Pentecost parentage to learn to speak the language of their parents and the songs and dances of North Raga.

“Today, in Port Vila, there is a large number of parents from North Pentecost, whose children cannot speak their parents’ mother tongue,” Hinge said.

“So, we aim to teach these children to speak the “Hano” (meaning ‘What’) language of North Raga,” he added.

The school will start classes on the following Saturday, February 18 and they hope to take children from kindergarten to primary, and secondary classes levels.

Edgar Hinge explains that most of the Raga language custom songs they plan to start teaching to the children are those recorded by Huarere music band for them to learn the meaning of the words.

Huarere stringband, made up of members from North Pentecost, was very popular from the mid-1980s to late 1990s and early 2000.

The tuition fee is Vt250 for one lesson and Vt2000 for one month’s lessons. Raga parents wishing to enroll their children can reach Hinge on mobile No. 5969821.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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