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Male Cadets Told To Protect Women, Children

Male Cadets Told To Protect Women, Children
June 18
11:39 2017

Male cadets at the Xavier College Passing Out Parade in Ba were told, they should make a commitment to respect and protect women and children.

Navy Commander Captain (Navy) Humphrey Tawake, who was the chief guest, told the young men their strong hands should be stretched out not to harm but to help women and children.

“You would have heard through the media or perhaps witness it yourselves, the atrocious acts that are being committed against our women and children,” Captain (Navy) Tawake said.

“We continue to hear women being bashed by their husbands and boyfriends.

“If you witness a girl being hurt, do not allow peer pressure to make you ignore it or even joining in.

“Take the side of the girl that is being hurt.

“That is where a real man should stand. You can start right here in school and look after and be respectful to all the female students,” he said

“You are the future of our nation. You are the ones who will chart the continuing evolution of Fiji’s destiny. Make it a destiny where Fiji is more caring, respectful and protective of our women and children. That destiny starts with you….now.”

Captain (Navy) Tawake said cadet training was not meant to turn them into soldiers, even though some of them might choose that as a career later on in life.

“What cadet training is meant to do is to help instil some important virtues into you, like discipline, respect, courage and teamwork,” he said.

“These qualities are good for you now and also good for you in your future. In fact they are qualities that are good for you throughout your life.

“Cadet training is also designed to allow you to explore a little about yourselves – your talents, your limits and to bring out and enhance some of your skills, like leadership, command and communication”

“I am sure that you have found new things about yourselves in the course of your cadet training that have culminated with your parade today. I encourage you to continue that self-discovery process.”

“Leadership is a fancy word for service. As leaders, you are required to serve, and service comes naturally to those that have good characters.”

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