Stu­dents Learn More About In­dia From Visit To Cen­tre

Helps pupils with their his­tory stud­ies, peaks in­ter­est about schol­ar­ships

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - SHA­HANI MALA Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: sha­hani.mala@fi­jisun.com.fj

Lo­mawai Se­condary School is the first school in the coun­try to visit the In­dian Cul­tural Cen­tre in Suva.

The stu­dents trav­elled all the way from Si­ga­toka as part of their stud­ies about In­dia. School head­boy and Year 13 stu­dent Ase­lemo Ga­vidi said: “I am happy to visit In­dian Cul­tural Cen­tre. I am a his­tory and ge­og­ra­phy stu­dent and only have learned about In­dia in my notes.

“But, at the In­dian Cul­tural Cen­tre I have learned more about In­dia,” he said. Ase­lemo said he had learned more on the coun­try’s his­tory, es­pe­cially about their re­la­tion­ship with Fiji. “I so happy to know that In­dian Cul­tural Cen­tre is of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships to Fi­jian stu­dents to study in In­dia,” he said. An­other Year 12 stu­dent, Ne­pote Dauadawa said that he would want to visit In­dia one day.

“I am so in­spired by the pre­sen­ta­tion,” he said. “I have learned some new things about In­dia, which I was not aware of,” he said. Ne­pote said af­ter com­plet­ing his Year 13, he would ap­ply for a schol­ar­ship and study in In­dia. Year 10 stu­dent Akan­sha Lata said: “Fiji and In­dia have a his­toric re­la­tion­ship from the time when the first in­den­tured labours from In­dia came to Fiji. I have stud­ied about this in my so­cial sci­ence sub­ject. I am so happy that our school teach­ers had or­gan­ised a field trip,” she said. Lo­mawai Se­condary School com­puter teacher Parneel Ku­mar said the field trip was or­gan­ised for arts stu­dents.

“The aim for this field trip was for stu­dents to know and un­der­stand about In­dia.

He said their trip was a suc­cess­ful one for the stu­dents, es­pe­cially for them to know about the schol­ar­ships. The In­dian High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji, Vish­vas Sap­kal, has started this ini­tia­tive which will al­low schools around the coun­try to visit the Cul­tural Cen­tre. Mr Sap­kal thanked the Lo­mawai Se­condary School teach­ers and stu­dents for their visit and en­cour­aged other schools to visit to the Cul­tural Cen­tre as well.

Fiji and In­dia have a his­toric re­la­tion­ship from the time when the first in­den­tured labours from In­dia came to Fiji. I have stud­ied about this in my so­cial sci­ence sub­ject. I am so happy that our school teach­ers had or­gan­ised a field trip Akan­sha Lata Year 10 stu­dent of Lo­mawai Se­condary School

Photo: Sha­hani Mala

Se­cond Sec­re­tary of the In­dian High Com­mis­sion in Fiji Anil Sharma (stand­ing third from right in the third row), In­dian High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji Vish­vas Sap­kal (stand­ing fourth from right, in the third row) and In­dian High Com­mis­sion’s Cul­tural Cen­tre di­rec­tor Kis­han Lal Kano­jia (stand­ing fifth from right in the third row) with teach­ers and Year 10,12 and 13 stu­dents of Lo­mawai Se­condary School.

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