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English River secondary launches heritage club |26 July 2019

English River secondary launches heritage club

The English River secondary school launched its heritage club yesterday morning.

The event, held in the school’s library, was attended by the chief executive of the Seychelles Heritage Foundation, Benjamine Rose, students, teachers and an elderly group from the English River district.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the school in revamping the heritage club, the mandate of which is to make sure that we pass down our culture to the next generation and keep it alive,” said Ms Rose.

She added that it is through the sharing of knowledge that the younger generation will get the chance to learn about our tradition and appreciate it. She also thanked all 35 students who signed up for the heritage club.

“When you get older you will grow up with the knowledge that the club will provide, you will then be able to transmit that knowledge to your kids,” said the CEO.

Through the heritage club the children will be able to go on visits to heritage sites as well as carry out various activities which will take place at the Domaine de Val des Pres.

“I’m someone who is very passionate with our heritage and this is why I’ve decided to be a part of it,” said Fernand Bonne, the coordinator of the English River secondary heritage club.

The heritage club can offer students many things and we will be working closely with the elderly club of English River so they can pass down their knowledge.

Emilie Marie and Sharon Botsoie, two students who will be part of the heritage club, told Seychelles NATION that the club not only helps, protects and passes on our cultural heritage, but it also reminds us of where we came from and where we are going.

“I believe that more students should join the heritage club as it teaches you about the way we were before we modernised our country. Nowadays fewer and fewer students are knowledgeable about our traditional dances and I believe that this club will help change that, so I encourage everyone to join,” said Emillie Marie.

The accompanying photos show some highlights of the launch ceremony yesterday.


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