Culture & Education, Planning, and Training Unit

This unit is an essential component in setting long term strategies and goals for the Department proper and the culture sector in general (planning); its responsibility also encompasses training, culture and education which is a pivotal aspect of capacity building and knowledge enhancement for position holders in the promotion and safeguarding of culture and heritage at the school level.

The unit is involved in various educational activities from reviewing the culture strategy meetings, road shows, research on integration of physics in formal education curriculum, school cluster weekly programs and the co-ordination of various cultural festivals. Another key role of the unit is the development and implementation of planning programmes for the Department and the culture sector so that all activities are aligned to the overall gov-ernment strategies, plans and activities. The training unit is also tasked with researches relevant to the up skilling of officers that focuses on improving performance and output.

The importance of intangible cultural heritage is not the cultural manifestation itself but rather the wealth of knowledge and skills that is transmitted through it from one generation to the next. The social and economic value of this transmission of knowledge is relevant for minority groups and for mainstream social groups within a state, and is as important for developing states as for developed ones. Fiji has ratified the 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the

Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010 pledging its full support to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage elements for all communities in Fiji. The unit works closely with regional and international agencies in the promo-tion and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. There are five broad domains that ICH is focused on and the unit is responsible for the identification and inventorying of these elements and adopting safeguarding measures to ensure its viability.