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Projects aim to preserve heritage

Monday, September 01, 2008

THE Ministry of Education has launched its Fiji National Memory of the World Committee to encourage projects and activities to preserve our documentary heritage.

Speaking at the launch on Friday at the Fiji Museum, ministry deputy secretary Filipe Jitoko said documents in our libraries and archives contain the memories and the heritage of a nation and are of historical significance.

Mr Jitoko said the Memory of the World Program was established by UNESCO in 1992.

"The vision of the program is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all and should be fully preserved and protected for all," said Mr Jitoko.

"And with due recognition of all cultures and practicalities, they should be permanently accessible to all without obstacles.

"At a time when we are grappling with our identity as a nation, the introduction of the program seems timely as it promotes a sense of citizenship and national pride as well as emphasising social cohesion amongst the various cultural groups in society," he said.

A ministry statement said the success of the program relies heavily on the drive, initiative and enthusiasm of regional and national committees. The benefits of the program for Fiji are in the fields of education and the social transmission of knowledge to current and future generations.

According to the Ministry the potential within new technologies will make documents become more widely accessible which contributes to an enlighten society thus promoting social cohesion.


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