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Westernisation pose big challenge to traditional iTaukei values

Westernisation pose big challenge  to traditional  iTaukei values
Simione Sevudredre of the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs during Child Protection programme review of contextualized package for the i-taukei communities in Suva on November 08, 2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
November 09
11:00 2017


The Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of the iTaukei Affairs (MTA) Naipote Katonitabua yesterday said that westernisation if left unchecked posed a challenge to the i-Taukei traditional values.

“Traditionalism, extended families and the principles of traditional culture and structures were replaced with individual freedoms, nuclear families, political parties; elections rule of law, in short, the western liberal democracy,” he said.

He was speaking at the Review of the MTA Child Protection Manual at the Fijian Teachers Association (FTA) hall.

He said discipline was seen as the responsibility of an extended family, which was once accepted, but was now questioned.

According to Mr Katonitabua the assurance of safety for our children within and outside our homes, the ability to adequately provide nurturing;  and meeting their needs, greatly assisted by the extended family role is now redefined.

“The acknowledgement that a fine line between discipline and abuse and rights with responsibilities are just a few of the examples of the issues that must be tackled, but it reflects the very fabric in which the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs is addressing – the issue of ending violence on children.”

He said the Manual was strategically developed to rebuild the social structures that once defined them as “the way the world should be”.

This exercise he said marked an important path as they moved forward.

“We acknowledge that various stakeholders are discussing Children’s Rights, but very few are looking at the responsibilities.”

Mr Katonitabua was hopeful that the exercise, would pave the way in them reaffirming their responsibility and creating an environment which would be beneficial for each of them, but more importantly paved the way for a safe environment for the children

The workshop ends tomorrow.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar



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