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Special day for school

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FOR THE first time in 25 years of the school's history, Indira Gandhi Memorial Primary School celebrated Indira Gandhi Memorial Day yesterday.

Indira Gandhi was the first female prime minister of India and the second in the world after Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka.

The celebration was a significant one because of the school's multi-cultural environment.

School headteacher Manjila Singh said they had iTaukei students, students of Indian descent and students of other ethnicity who were fortunate to have an opportunity to learn cross-cultural activities.

As the school's first female headteacher, Mrs Singh said there were more female teachers than male teachers at the school.

"A large number of teachers in our school are females so like we say, Indira Gandhi advocated for women power. This shows that we were closely associated with Indira Gandhi," she said.

Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vinod Kumar said Indira Gandhi also advocated for children in India to have better education. Mr Kumar said she always advocated women power and presently in Fiji, "we are promoting gender equality".

"And all of you children who are here, you have to study hard to get a good education as was promoted by Indira Gandhi," he said.

Mr Kumar said despite the unavailability of her father and mother, she worked hard to achieve the standard that she had left for India and for the people in the world.

He said the students were fortunate to have the opportunity to learn a lot of life's important lessons from people with dignity and pride, not only for themselves but for their fellow country-folk and their country. The day was celebrated with cultural dances, speeches and poetry.