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A Motivational Speech

Students of Visama Sanatan Primary School were motivated by the Girmitiyas story during their Girmit Day celebrations on Friday. Sharkshi Singh, a Year Eight student, gave a brief speech on
15 May 2016 10:52
A Motivational Speech
Visama Sanatan Primary school student Shyrin Prasad with fellow students during 137th years Girmit day celebration yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Students of Visama Sanatan Primary School were motivated by the Girmitiyas story during their Girmit Day celebrations on Friday.

Sharkshi Singh, a Year Eight student, gave a brief speech on the Girmit Divas focusing on their journey from India to Fiji and their hard work in the sugar industry.

“I feel fortunate of knowing where our ancestors came from, how their journey was, although many died at sea while travelling to Fiji and how they laboured in Fiji,” she said.

The Girmitiyas came from different regions and backgrounds from India in 1879.

Many stayed back in Fiji while a few decided to return after their five-year contract expired.

Year Six student Shyrin Prasad said she was keen to know where her ancestors came from.

“I want to know where my great grandparents are originally from in India before they came to Fiji during the Girmit indentured labour system,” she said.

Shyrin was portraying an old women in the drama about ‘Girmityas’ of how they came to Fiji in the Leonidas ship and their life while working on the sugar cane farms.

“Thanks to my teacher who conducted the drama, I have come to know the torture our great-grandparents suffered by the British officers.” Shyrin said

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

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