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Protect Levuka heritage: Waibuta

By Fonua Talei Are Levuka’s heritage and assets important enough to require a collective commitment to maintain and preserve it? That was the question posed by Saimoni Waibuta the Director
13 Oct 2012 10:28

By Fonua Talei

Are Levuka’s heritage and assets important enough to require a collective commitment to maintain and preserve it?
That was the question posed by Saimoni Waibuta the Director of the Asset Management Unit of the Ministry of Education, National Heritage, Culture and Art while speaking at the disaster management week exposition at Nasau Park in Levuka.
Mr Waibuta said that from the Education Ministry, the education system is a powerful mechanism where heritage values and their importance are inculcated into the minds of our children “who are the future custodians of our heritage”.
“The UNESCO initiative of ‘Heritage on Young Hands’ needs to be pursued to ensure school students are taught of the importance of their heritage and how to protect them”, Waibuta said.
“We are prepared to work with the National Heritage Department in designing programmes and activities and perhaps use Levuka heritage schools as pilot schools.”
He said the launching of the Disaster Awareness week in Fiji’s first capital is a timely one as the town is being prepared for its world heritage status.




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