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Vernacular language should be compulsory in school curriculum - Chaudhry
It is important to understand our history first- Kiran

Vernacular language should be compulsory in school curriculum - Chaudhry

It is important to understand our history first- Kiran

By Mansi Chand
Friday 10/05/2024
Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Social Protection and Girmit Committee Chair Sashi Kiran and Former Prime Minister and Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry

Former Prime Minister and Fiji Labour Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says the Hindi and iTaukei languages should be made compulsory in the school curriculum for people to understand that we are part of a multicultural country and to understand each other better while Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Social Protection and Girmit Committee Chair Sashi Kiran says it is crucial to understand our history first.

While speaking on fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan on how we can make efforts to ensure that all communities understand each other better, Chaudhry says if we speak each other's language then we can understand people better and that should be done.

He says politicians should also behave as some politicians thrive on playing the race card which has been done for a long time in Fiji even in the colonial days.

However, Kiran says the Ministry is looking into the curriculum change as this takes time.

She says any educational change happens at home therefore everyone needs to put time into understanding their history before understanding others.

Kiran says many people do not know their history because it has not been taught to them.

The committee chair says this is why events like Girmit Day celebrations are important because on this day we work together and learn about our history.

She says it is also important that each one of us understand our history, struggles, joy and harmony as this helps us to learn, know each other and understand people better.

Meanwhile, Minister for Multi-Ethnic Affairs Charan Jeath Singh says every Fijian must understand where we are and where we need to go.

He says there have been a lot of differences created and a lot of politicians have come and gone which has created a bit of indirect suspicion among the communities.

Singh also says the only way forward is the truth and reconciliation process.

You can watch the full Straight Talk interview on our website, fijivillage.

Meanwhile, the theme for the 145th Girmit Day celebration is "Journey of Girmit Descendants in Building a New Fiji".

The celebrations will take place from Saturday to Monday at the Lautoka Girmit Multicultural Centre and on Saturday at Subrail Park, Labasa.

Monday will be a Girmit Day public holiday.

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