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‘Fiji’s leadership role in this area is something other countries could learn from’   Fiji has been very active in protection and promotion of intangible cultural heritage. These were remarks
21 Feb 2017 16:44
Heritage Workshop Begins

‘Fiji’s leadership role in this area is something other countries could learn from’

 

Fiji has been very active in protection and promotion of intangible cultural heritage.

These were remarks made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), director of office and representative to the Pacific States, Miss Nisha of India.

She said this during the opening of UNESCO workshop on Fiji Intangible Cultural Heritage Nomination at De Vos on the Park in Suva yesterday.

More than 30 participants and facilitators took part in the four-day workshop which began yesterday and will run until Friday.

Ms Nisha said the Government, civil society and other relevant institutions had came together to promote the knowledge that have been passed from generation to generation.

“It is to make it a part of active learning systems and to protect this knowledge as well,” she said.

“The ownership of this knowledge and the traditional heritage that comes from the people of this country is recognised and established.

“Fiji’s leadership role in this area is something that other countries, not only in the Pacific, but also in the other parts of the world, could learn from and get inspired by.”

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy said the concept of intangible cultural heritage is not a new concept for Fiji, nor is it something to be taken lightly.

“Our tangible cultural heritage has ancient routines, mastered overtime and adopted as a sustainable practices by our forefathers.

“These are transmitted to the next generation by word of mouth and the transmission process is vital for the continuity of these traditions or the customary practices.

“Fiji has been selected as one of the five member states in the Asia-Pacific region that will benefit from a regional project designed to strengthen national capacity in the safeguarding of our intangible cultural heritage such as the traditional dances, chants, stories, legends, rituals and expressions.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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