The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Rosy Akbar has called on Fijians traveling on cultural exchange programs to ensure that they bring back what they learn from the various countries that they travel to.

She made the statement while speaking at the annual summary meeting for the 2018 Cultural Exchange Programs for Fiji and China and the opening of the Chinese Painting Exhibition today at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Suva.

Minister Akbar stated such cultural exchange programs not only builds relationships with the host countries, it also teaches those traveling for the program the importance of culture and heritage.

“Such programs allows us to reflect and appreciate the fact that we all have rich cultures and as part of the education sector, I strongly believe that in Fiji we really need to step up our efforts to ensure we capture our very strong culture.”

She highlighted that those chosen for such programs should ensure that they appreciate what they learn and to return with vast knowledge which they can share with their societies.

The Minister also acknowledged the Chinese Government through the Chinese cultural centre for organizing the cultural exchange program between Fiji and China.

The Fiji-China cultural exchange program is held every year and began in 2016 which saw 34 Fijian delegates participating in 2016, 26 Fijians in 2017 and six delegates last year.