Fijians can understand the challenges that Girmitiyas faced, since they are similar to the hardships that we are currently facing - Akbar

Fijians can understand the challenges that Girmitiyas faced, since they are similar to the hardships that we are currently facing - Akbar

By Rashika Kumar
Sunday 16/05/2021
Girmitiyas. [Image: Ministry of Education]

Minister for Education, Rosy Akbar says as a nation, we can understand the challenges that Girmitiyas faced, since they are similar to the hardships that we are currently facing.

Akbar says now more than ever, considering the difficult circumstances that we are facing, not just in Fiji, but the entire world, we can draw inspiration from their stories.

She says we must show the same resilience and strength of spirit that the Girmitiyas showed.

The Minister says that despite most Girmitiyas came from poor backgrounds and did not have a formal education themselves, they recognised the importance of education.

She says the Girmitiyas worked tirelessly to build Fijiโ€™s early colonial economy, with very little to no formal education and yet, they knew the value of education and where possible, made all efforts to ensure their children received education.

Akbar is urging parents to teach their children about this important part of Fijiโ€™s history, and use their example to inspire children to be strong and resilient in the face of our current adversities.

She says Girmit Day is not only a time to acknowledge the tremendous hardships endured by Girmitiyas, but also how far we have come and celebrate their achievements and contributions to Fiji.



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