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Curriculums Review Vital To Meet Needs: Minister

Curriculums Review Vital To Meet Needs: Minister
UNESCO for inclusive quality education Maki Hayashikawa, USP Dean of Faculity of Arts, Law, and Education Akanisi Kedrayate, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy and Deputy PS Education Timoci Bure at the Novotel Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
June 23
10:01 2017

Teachers and practitioners need to be at the forefront of planning, be agents of change and educational transformation.

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy made those comments at the closing of the sub regional workshop on

Early Childhood Care and Education teacher development in the Pacific Small Island Developing States at

the Novotel Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

‘There is a great need to professionally uplift your skills,” Mr Reddy said.

“The dream of achieving quality ECCE can only be achieved if all stakeholders work towards the one vision

that children be our priority,” he said.

“The teacher plays a pivotal role in building a strong foundation and improving the lives of our children.

He added demands are increasing and the expectations of children and parents are changing rapidly, our curriculum needs to be revised every year.

Mr Reddy also stressed the necessity of having family fun days in the first few weeks of school so that the children see their parents mingling with other parents and children.

“This is something that every ECCE Centre should do and this means that a lot of demands and a lot of attention

and support is needed from parents,” he added.

“We need to first of all understand the children that we have come from different households, different parents and have different types of problems and we need to know how to deal with them.”

Children originate from different backgrounds, they might have been abused and are in need of support to equally interact with their peers and emotional abuse is more difficult to identify as it’s not like physical abuse.

“Emotionally abused, this is something that you need to look at as it is becoming a problem in our society and

social capital gradually is eroding in our society,” Mr Reddy said.

The workshop was attended by other island nations.

It was being facilitated by UNESCO in partnership with the University of the South Pacific and the Ministry

of Education with funding from the Malaysian Government.


Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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