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Visit focuses on Fiji's heritage

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

FURTHER collaboration and learning about Fiji's culture was what Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia Pacific Region (ICHCAP) director general, Dr Samuel Lee highlighted during his visit to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs on Monday.

ICHCAP is an international Information Networking Centre under the auspices of UNESCO. Based in Korea, it is one of government's major international stakeholders.

Dr Lee said the cultural heritage centre hopes to find opportunities to learn more about Fiji's culture and heritage.

He said he would really like to find out more about the traditional cultural knowledge system used over the years especially with how children in Fiji learnt about their culture and traditions in schools.

"Educating children on their cultural heritage is important particularly for those children living in the urban areas," Dr Lee said. "We hope to share projects with the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs on issues relating to the traditional knowledge system especially in finding out more about the cultural values."

He said the main reason behind his visit was to basically develop the cultural heritage in the country.

"I will have the opportunity to learn more about the Fijian culture and I think it is precious and valuable to see Fijians maintaining their culture for so many years," he said.

Department of National Heritage and Cultural Arts Principal Policy and Conventions officer Sipiriano Nemani said the main purpose of Dr Lee's visit was to see the progress made between the ministry and the cultural centre in their partnership. "Dr Lee also hopes to further build strong collaboration with Fiji relating to cultural heritage issues," he said.

Dr Lee also had a chance to visit cultural sites in the country, such as the Fiji Museum, Pacific Heritage Hub and the Fiji Arts Council.