The Fiji Times Online recently had a story stating that the Department of Heritage and Arts in Fiji has set out strategies to enhance and improve cultural diversity in the country. Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr. Mahendra Reddy said one of the strategies to be adopted was the encouragement of cultural learning in schools. “In contemporary Fiji, our children need to continue learning about their own culture and at the same time respect and appreciate others’ cultures and values and accommodate them in their lives to become better rounded and accomplished citizens,” he added.
At a recent Multicultural Center workshop in Nadi Dr. Reddy also stated, “Enticed with the vision to promote social cohesion through cultural diversity, the five multi-ethnic cultural centers over the years has trained many children in cultural music, dance and playing musical instruments. The centers have prepared students to understand the richness of cultural instruments and most importantly instilled in them the discipline and dedication that is linked to cultural music and other aspects of learning.”
Newly-appointed Department of Heritage director, Collin Yabaki said working with the different multi-cultural centers in the country was an important aspect of heightening cultural education in schools and communities. “All the centers are doing really well,” he said.
Yabaki continued, “But there is a matter of administration work and ensuring that our officers are operating within our frameworks and we can assist in whatever work that they need help in. We can use some of our resources through the Ministry of Education to help our cultural centers so that we are able to uplift the work that has already been done.”