Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy and the Director of CI Professor Dengui Li during the Chinese Cultural Day Workshop.
Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy acknowledged the effort of The University of the South Pacific's (USP) Confucius Institute (CI) in “investing in the lives of young children”.
CI in partnership with Fiji Museum organised a Chinese Cultural Day to educate 38 children between the ages of 8-10 about Chinese language and culture.
In delivering his opening address, Dr Reddy said he was delighted to see students committing themselves in the school holiday to learn about cultures other than their own.
“Fiji is a multi-cultural society and this is the kind of initiative that will strengthen the bond amongst the different cultural groups that exist in our beloved nation. To the students participating today, make the most of it and absorb as much as you can,” Dr Reddy said.
“This programme provides you with an opportunity to widen the spectrum of your knowledge and open your minds to understand the cultures that exist around you,” he said.
According to him, the programme would enable the students to become good ambassadors as they would acquire a wealth of knowledge that would be very useful in their progress and further education.
Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy and the Director of CI Professor Dengui Li pose with children participants during the Chinese Cultural Day Workshop.
Meanwhile, the Director of CI Professor Dengui Li welcomed the children to the two day workshop.
“Today you will be informed about the tradition of Spring Festival also known as the Chinese New Year, which is the most important traditional festival for Chinese people. You will also have a chance to make traditional Chinese food,” Prof Li said.
He said the participants would also make or paint the National Treasure—panda.
As per the programme, the children will also be taught to use the four “Treasures of Chinese Study—Chinese writing brush, Chinese ink, Chinese writing paper and Ink slab”.
The workshop was held from January 15-16 at the Fiji Museum.
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