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Q&A With NIP Candidate, Himemiya

AHSCA's special election continues on, full steam ahead with the candidates presenting their platforms and working hard to gain the needed votes to sway the election in their favor. One of the most ambitious candidates is foreign born candidate, Himiko Himemiya, a school teacher and freelance writer and artist living on the island of Aurora with her wife. Ms. Himemiya is running on a very strong education platform but is also addressing social concerns such as racial crimes. We sat down with her, to find out just what she's really all about.

Q: You've stated the primary goal of your platform, with a rather regressive stance on the matter how do you feel you'll sway the votes for that?

A: Showing just the true value of what an education can do and dispel some of the fears around it. Many are worried it's going to create some kind of "brain drain" or going to sap the labor of our country, but I'm here to assure it won't, it's just going to give options. Second of all, I hope to start up some central academies that students may be able to board at. As it is now, most village schools are so limited because they're remote, isolated and require a decent amount of walking involved, some even travel to whole different islands and stay with relatives. A boarding school would be the ideal solution for those who live in remote villages and could even potentially host foreign students.

Q: Why do you feel there's been a regressive push against more standard education system?

A: I think it's a lack of understanding, parents who grew up in the days before the unifying war who had only what they had, but as a country now, we can do better. Another issue is the politicians who prey on the fears of working families. I don't think the likes of Senator Arorah want an illiterate population I think they just want to cover their own insecurities and they use children as their pawns.

Q: If your eduction plans go through, what would be your core curriculum?

A: Certainly quite a bit that was cooperated before by our Ambassador from Lamoni but in a general sense the ideals would be your basics of course for younger kids, reading, writing, arithmetic, nation and state history. In the early adolescence we'd begin focus on broad topics, world history, advanced mathematics. By the time they're late adolescence and early adults we can begin thinking about skills training for many of our industries at home or abroad.

Q: Your opponent in the same party, Pacifica also has an education platform in mind, what are your thoughts on it?

A: It's not the most ideal for me but I'm glad to see another candidate who is mindful of early education. I would hope she would want to make it compulsory not just half-in-half. I understand she is polling very favorably so perhaps she and I might work together, I don't know.

Q: You also are wanting to address racial crimes, do you feel there's a large issue of that in the islands?

A: Surprisingly no, but it does happen and when it does victims are often too nervous to come forward. I want to make it easier and ensure that due justice is served.

The election runs through November 02 and the polls remain open for voting. Tell us what you think about Ms. Arorah or any other candidate by visiting the Election center and stay tuned.