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FIJI’S TAVEUNI FESTIVAL CELEBRATES MULT-CULTURE Annual event aimed at racial harmony

By Serafina Silaitoga SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, July 29, 2010) - Irrespective of race and creed, people from all walks of life gathered at the Bucalevu Secondary School’s Miss Tagimoucia Festival last week to celebrate the annual event, aimed at bridging the culture gap.

The Taveuni festival featured seven contestants from each form as teachers, parents and students worked together to raise funds for various school projects.

School principal Satya Shandhil said the theme of the week-long festival was "Bridging cultural gap."

"The event was successful in terms of having students realize that we are one nation, one people and we felt it was important for them to be informed about how different people can live together as a nation," Mr. Shandhil said.

"The fundraising activities were directed at improving better the washing area for our girls."

Shandhil told the students they should be proud of who they were.

"We can easily look down upon those who are different from us and do not manifest the same characteristics that we do.

"We can start believing we are superior to other persons or races but we are all one people and one race."

Shandhil said the annual event had improved relationships among the students of different races.

He said the parents worked closely with teachers and this resulted in the event becoming a success.

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