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Heritage Minister stresses importance of teaching Maldivian history

28 February 2019, MVT 13:04
Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Yumna Maumoon. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/ MIHAARU
28 February 2019, MVT 13:04

Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage Yumna Maumoon declared on Wednesday that Maldivian history must be taught in a compelling way, and noted the importance of igniting curiosity about the nation's history among the youth.

During a ceremony held at the Islamic University of the Maldives (IUM) to celebrate National History Day, Minister Yumna emphasised the importance of learning history and creating public awareness regarding notable historical events. She noted that key aspects of Maldivian identity, lifestyle and civilization could only be revealed by studying history.

“We need to produce youth interested in history. It’s essential to make history a subject students want to study”, she said.

Additionally, Minister Yumna listed the various advantages of studying history, such as being well-informed, development of thinking, being more generally aware, and improvement of problem-solving skills. She added that studying history could improve literary skills, and teach students how to utilize language more efficiently.

The heritage minister proclaimed that "even nations have memories" and highlighted the importance of keeping such memories alive. As an example, she compared how past experiences continue to play crucial roles throughout a person’s life.

Moreover, the minister urged citizens to learn from incidents that have occurred in our past, and key historical figures.

Several senior government officials and students from various schools attended the ceremony.

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