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Tiny tots celebrate Fiji Day

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, October 11, 2012

BE proud of who you are, be proud of being Fijian — that was the message from the Young Women's Christian Association Kindergarten teachers to their students as they marked Fiji Day on Tuesday at the school.

The 47 preschoolers were encouraged to dress up in their best bula wear to school with accessories. The day was marked with the singing of the national anthem and a parade.

"We want to remind them of where it is they come from," teacher Losalini Senitautau said.

"YWCA Kindergarten has a lot of races in it, so this is a good opportunity to show these students that despite our different racial backgrounds, we are all Fijians and we should be proud of who we are."

Two weeks prior to yesterday, the teachers taught the students anniversary of Fiji's independence from British colonial rule in 1970.

"Even though they were not born during Fiji's independence and may be young, it is good that they are taught so that they can know the history of their country.

"The students have loved the history lessons and you can see the excitement in their eyes when they realise just how deep our history is," Mrs Senitautau said.

YWCA Kindergarten ended their Fiji Day celebrations with a lunch.