Cultural Orientation Course
The Melanesian Institute is hosting the Cultural Orientation Course (COC) for Expatriate Missionaries and other interested stake holders from the 8th – 26th of January 2018. The course is designed to help the expatriate missionaries to better understand the life style and culture of the people of Melanesia hence they can be able to effectively carry out their mission and serve the people in their various fields of expertise. Some of the discussions involved are on current and emerging pressing issues affecting the people of Melanesia, especially Papua New Guinea. Topics such as Gender Relations and Ideologies, Marriage and Family Life, Inculturation of Christianity and Contemporary Challenges, Christianisation, Mission Impact and Present Day Religious Affiliations have so far been topics of heated discussion during the course in the first week. Other issues lined up for discussion during the three weeks course are; Health Beliefs and Illness and Vulnerable Groups (Disability and HIV AIDS). About twenty – one participants from 13 different countries including Papua New Guinea are attending the course. Also among the participants are representatives from the foreign dignitaries and community development consultants. Expatriate Missionaries participants are from Indonesia, India, Tanzania, Uganda, Russia, Poland, Mongolia, Canada and Korea.
This is the first time the Melanesian Institute has hosted the Cultural Orientation Course after more than years since its inception. The first COC was held in 1969 at Vunapope, East New Britain Province.