Women Learn Flower Arrangement Skills From Japanese Officials To Earn Cash
An exchange programme between the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, and senior government officials of the Saga Prefecture in Japan is set to help women earn an income in flower arrangement.
The officials from Saga Prefecture are Director Yoshinao Yamatsu and senior government official Hirotaka Hane.
For Lalita Kumar of Nasinu Sanatan Nari Sabha attending the exchange programme was an eye opener for her.
Mrs Kumar was part of the one day exchange programme organised by the ministry.
“This is the first time I’m here and it’s encouraging to come and to learn about flower arrangement skills,” said Mrs Kumar
She said the skills she would learn would allow her to teach other members of her group in the Nasinu Sanatan Nari Sabha, so they could earn some income from it.
Speaking at the opening, Assistant Minister for Women, Children And Poverty Alleviation, Veena Bhatnagar encouraged the women to capitalise on the opportunity of dialogue and networking with the Saga Prefecture delegation.
“Flower arrangements in Fiji, I could categorise them as an art, hobby and to some as means of livelihood on a daily basis,” Ms Bhatnagar said.
The programme focuses on learning the traditional art of flower arrangement known as “Ikebana flower arrangement” which Japan is known for in the world.
About 40 participants from various women groups gathered for the training held at Hotel Novotel Suva Lami Bay.
Edited by Jonathan Bryce