Multicultural centres having ‘positive impact’

Education Minister Premila Kumar on her way into Parliament. Picture: PARLIAMENT OF FIJI

A recent survey by the Department of Heritage and Arts revealed that multicultural centres have had a positive impact in the communities with regards to earning potential for graduates.

This was revealed by Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts and Local Government Premila Kumar in Parliament yesterday.

“Trained artists joined the centres as tutors while students enrolled in sewing classes started their own business,” she said.

“Under creative arts, students are selling tie and dye products and basic traditional mat weaving classes have led to the production of creative products.”

She said the cultural and heritage sector had enormous potential for employment creation and income generation.

“These centres operate through annual grants provided by the Government and offer classes in musical instruments, classical dances, creative arts, meke, island dance, sewing, baking, floral arrangements, weaving, tae kwon do and yoga.”

The ministry will continue to provide support in ensuring that multicultural centres work towards bringing different cultures together and safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage elements to all our communities in Fiji.

A total of 550 students are attending virtual classes in each of the five multicultural centres in Savusavu, Labasa, Ba, Suva and Nausori.

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