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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Don't degrade the sculptures on display at the Museum: Foanaota

National Museum Director Lawrence Foanaota is very disappointed about the way some young boys in Honiara tried to write on the recently completed sculptures on display in the Museum grounds.

Mr Foanaota says the incident happened last Sunday afternoon but fortunately the Museum's security saw them in time and forced them to leave.

He says this is very sad and worrying because young people who are the future of the country don't seem to have any appreciation and respect for things that promote this country.

Mr Foanaota says the responsibility of education young Solomon Islanders to respect others and properties lies with parents.

He warns that in future they will call in the police to deal with anyone who will try to disrespect the country's properties which the National Museum is charged to take care of.

Meanwhile, a senior carver and mentor to some young carvers who participated in the Solomon Islands Tobacco company sponsored sculpture project, Frank Haikiu says responsible authorities must deal with young people deface art works.

Referring to attempts by some young people who have tries to spoil some sculptures displayed at the National Museum in Honiara lat week, Haikiu says such attitude is not conducive for peace.

He says parents are responsible in educating their children to appreciate "why all of us strive to rebuild the image of Solomon Islands".

Source: SIBC Online

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