Know your roots: Ak­bar

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - PAULINI RATULAILAI paulini.ratulailai@fi­jisun.com.fj

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

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