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2nd edition of ‘Mapumo Seta’ held at Chizami

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Dimapur, August 11: About 250 people students (Class 8 & above) from Chizami; SHHSS, Eastern Mission High School, GoyiepraMemoria Govt. High School, teachers and well-wishers attended the second edition of Mapumo Seta (Morung Conversations) at Sacred Heart Higher Secondary School (SHHSS), Chizami. The programme was organized by Chizami Students’ Union (CSU) in collaboration with North East Network Chizami to celebrate the United Nations initiative ‘International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples” to raise awareness on the protection of indigenous people’s rights and recognize the contributions and achievements.
Khrolhiweu Tsuhah, President, CSU, in her opening remarks mentioned that the ‘Mapumo Seta’ is an initiative to foster inter-generational conversations on traditional knowledge and value systems. “The integration of modern education and traditional education is significant. This talk series is a platform for the students to learn and experience directly from the diverse speakers who are community knowledge holders and practitioners and celebrate our heritage,” she said.
Wekowe-u Tsuhah, State Coordinator NEN stressed on the strong need to uphold ancestral values of solidarity, responsibility, balance, honesty and reciprocity. She stated that indigenous people comprise of 6% of the world’s population and 8.6% of the Indian population. In line with this year’s theme ‘Indigenous youths as agents of change for self-determination’, she urged the students to value and respect the knowledge and values of the ancestors, to learn about nature, biodiversity and take actions to conserve it, to speak one’s own language which is our identity and to grow and eat our own local food and respect every grain we eat.
The speakers for the event were community knowledge holders and folktale story tellers; Rev. Mese Rhakho spoke on “Identity, values and heritage: ‘Menge, Kenyi and Metha’, Kelhizulo Mero on “The indigenous water distribution systems (Terrace field and village area)” and Zulhipe Chirhah on “Edimi Se”. Commemorating the International Year of Millet, a talk on “Millets: Our Identity” was delivered by Kezukhalo Lasuh while a much needed initiative to learn and preserve the local dialect, “Let’s learn Khuzhale” was taken up by Kezukha-u Merowhich.
(Page News Service)

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