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Museum Best Place To Learn: Prasad

The museum is the best place to disseminate information to our youths about Fiji’s history, says the University of the South Pacific’s Associate Professor Mohit Prasad. The Fiji Museum in
31 May 2015 11:43
Museum Best Place To Learn: Prasad
Delainie Gwilliam (from left), Rodger Gwilliam, Gizelle Fong and Keith Gwilliam were amazed with their tour of Fiji Museum during the Museum open day yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The museum is the best place to disseminate information to our youths about Fiji’s history, says the University of the South Pacific’s Associate Professor Mohit Prasad.

The Fiji Museum in collaboration with the Department of Heritage and Arts, the Fiji Arts Council, National Trust of Fiji and the National Archives of Fiji organised the open day yesterday. Mr Prasad was chief guest at the event.

The open-day focused on heritage, culture and arts, connecting Fiji to its past, present and future.

Mr Prasad said: “There are many artifacts and exhibitions in the museum and this should have an impact on our younger generation to learn about Fiji’s history and they will be able to experience.”

The museum’s head of marketing Prakashni Sharma said: “The youths now have modern life, yet they all have to know more about their culture and tradition.

“The most important thing for youths is to learn about our history,” Ms Sharma said.

Year 11 student of Marist Brothers High School, Wilson Young, said: “I feel special to be here and some of my colleagues are from overseas so it will be good experience for them and we expect to learn new things.”

Gizelle Fong, who was born in Fiji but lives in the United States, said: “It’s my first time in six years to come in to Fiji and the first thing I wanted was to see the museum.

“I am very impressed and always wanted to see the Reverend’s missing shoe. When I was in America I had to do projects on Fiji’s history and they always talked about the Reverend and him coming to Fiji.”

Craftsman Isaac Tivaknqa had on display his designed Yaka frames at the event.

“Most of the items such as timber, tapa and magi magi on my yaka frames are manufactured in Fiji and I have bought them here to selling,” he said.

Marist Brothers High School teacher Delava Josefo said: “It’s an opportunity for children to come and know what their ancestors have experienced in the past.”

The Fiji Museum Day will be held next month with different topics.

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