THE Solomon Islands Wantoks Association South Australia (SIWASA) was happy to see an increase of new students attending various universities in South Australia this year.
President of SIWASA Mr. Warwick Hilly said the association was happy to welcome four new students to South Australia this year.
They are Jean Uwesi, Wilhemina Utukana, Glen Buka and Priestley Habru. They joined Eddie Osifelo (Flinders University) and Ishmael Iro (University of Adelaide) who began their studies in 2017.
SIWASA is made up of students with Solomon Islanders and their families residing and working in South Australia.
“I would like to say that it is great to see an increase in new students attending various Universities in South Australia compared to the previous year.
“As a small community we try our best to welcome new students and we try to make them feel good about being here and not feel isolated,” Mr. Hilly said.
He said students can get involved with various activities throughout the year that the community has planned.
Following a welcome barbecue and SIWASA annual general meeting in Adelaide on Sunday, it was agreed the association will participate in the annual Interstate Games which will be held in Canberra in July.
SIWASA is planning to organise fundraisings and participating in futsal, netball and volleyball at the Interstate Games in July. Members will also prepare a cultural item to perform during Solomon Islands Independence celebration in Canberra.
All Solomon Islands communities in each Australian state will convene for the games and the 40th anniversary of Independence in Canberra from July 5-8, 2018.
Meanwhile SIWASA is anticipating two more Solomon Islands students under the Australian Award Scholarships to join its members in June 2018.
Currently the Solomon Islands students are studying at University of Adelaide (Ishmael, Jean, Wilhemina and Priestley), Glen (University of South Australia) and Eddie (Flinders University).
SIWASA looks forward to more Solomon Islands students coming to study in South Australia.
“I would like to also mention that South Australia has some of the best universities in Australia for example Adelaide University is in the top 10 Universities in Australia,” SIWASA President Mr. Hilly added.