Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Honourable Sashi Kiran with school debaters
This year’s Girmit Day celebration to recognize and appreciate the tremendous contributions of the Indian indentured labourers in building our nation started on a very positive note with the University of the South Pacific Lautoka campus organizing a vibrant daylong event on May 3.
Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Honourable Sashi Kiran was the chief guest at the event while the USP Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Giulio Masasso Tu’ikolongahau Paunga was the special guest.
The event started with a very robust debate session between eight Lautoka based schools who deliberated on different topics related to the Girmit Era.
Team Pundit Vishnu Deo Memorial College with their exceptional presentation and arguments were declared the winner of the debate session while Natabua High School was the first runner up and Central College Lautoka the second runner up. Each school was awarded with trophies and certificates.
Assistant Minister Kiran commended the students and teachers for their tireless effort in preparing for the debate.
Kiran stressed that a lot of information sharing took place during the debate session.
She emphasized that it is crucial to create more awareness on the Girmit era so that our young generation is well versed with this very important part of history of our country.
DVC Dr Paunga echoed similar sentiments emphasizing on the importance of students from around the Pacific embracing the history of their respective countries in a positive manner.
The USP Lautoka Campus Director Dr Pramila Devi revealed that the feedback which they got from the teachers was that the debate session was very stimulating and beneficial for their students.
Second half of the official function saw various performances relating to the sufferings of the Girmitiiyas enacted by the students of the USP Lautoka Campus.
A special Girmit exhibition was also organized at the campus which gave opportunity to the students and members of the general public to see various artifacts used by the Girmitiyas.