18th July 01:44 AM
Over 2000 students celebrate Suva Primary Schools Festival of Arts
By Lena Reece
Friday 06/10/2017
The Suva Primary Schools Festival of Arts at Albert Park

Culture is the mirror of a nation and carries with it a set of norms that sharply point out the standard of a society.

This was stressed by the Permanent Secretary for Education Iowane Tiko while speaking at the Suva Primary Schools Festival of Arts at Albert Park.

He also commended more than 2000 students from 26 primary schools around the Central Division that came together to celebrate the first ever event of its kind.

Tiko stressed that culture in Fiji and the Pacific is diminishing and a major factor of this is globalization.

He highlighted that this being the first event of its kind has shown that through resilience, dedication and passion for culture and arts we can revive anything amidst globalization.

Tiko says that as Fijians, we need to reignite the passion to retain our culture and ensure it remains a significant part of our life.

Students of Delainamasi Government School performed a traditional yaqona ceremony for the Permanent Secretary for Education Iowane Tiko.

Various booths were decorated to display mat making, basket weaving and Masi printing that were made solely by the students themselves.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and Arts highlighted that the main purpose of the event is to instill the importance of culture and arts and how to safeguard our culture.

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