Know your roots: Akbar
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar has urged all parents and teachers to teach their children the story of the Girmitiyas. She made this request during the Girmit Centennial celebration at prince Charles park yesterday. “The reason about this is that we’re often told about the hardship that they face and what they went through, the harsh conditions that they lived in,” Ms Akbar said. “The underlined message there is we need to struggle to achieve success and that is what we want our children to go through.
“To the teachers, it is very important to tell the stories of our forefathers so that our children know where their roots are. “And on the other side I would also like to urge our parents to encourage our children to speak in our vernacular. It’s very important if we want our history to be a living memory we need to know our language. “Be proud of our mother tongue, our culture the diversity in our Fijian culture, our dressing, the food we eat, the way we live and the main is our language,” Ms Akbar said. “That legacy has made Fiji the proud nation it is today. Because, despite the immense adversity faced by the Girmitiyas, they forged new lives for themselves in Fiji and ultimately overcame their struggles.” Edited by Rusiate Mataika