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EDITORIAL: Timoci, A Model Example For Our Children

EDITORIAL: Timoci, A  Model Example For Our Children
From left: Timoci Naulusua and Shalvi Shakshi
December 09
12:24 2017

Our very own 12-year-old COP23 star Timoci Naulusua of Naivicula, Wainibuka, Tailevu is at it again.

He is once again making our nation known to the world.

As he arrives in Paris, France, Timoci will not only make Fiji proud but the whole of the Pacific.

He will speak at a climate mobilisation summit on December 12 following a personal invitation from French President Emanuel Macron during the COP23 negotiations last month.

He stunned world leaders in Bonn, Germany and no doubt will do the same in Paris.

As young as he is, he is already a climate activist and is passionate and confident in his talks on how climate change has affected Fijians.

We are eagerly awaiting what this young boy has up his sleeve to impress the world leaders surrounded with 50 heads of state, 4000 participants, and 1000 journalists and Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Leonardo Di Caprio.

It is not only about Timoci, though, this is actually an encouragement to every young student out there.

Timoci’s opportunity was not by chance, he worked for it.

And we all know what happens with that, you can shine if you are determined.

The same goes for our other young climate activist 10-year-old Shalvi Shakshi.

All the way from Nasarawaqa Primary School in Bua originally from Tuatua, Labasa, she came second during the National Climate Change oratory contest in September.

Her message in Bonn was that climate change is real and it is caused by human activities.

These are just two examples of what we as parents, guardians and teachers must do to ensure that our children become movers and shakers in the nation but also ‘leave the world better than they found it’.

Children of Fiji, if these two youngsters can make their voices heard in the world arena, you can too.

Parents, teachers and guardians let’s raise our children to be good leaders, to be part of these productive events.

Get them involved in school activities and other life-changing programmes where they can build their character and contribute to the economy.

Not only that but get yourselves involved in these activities as well.

When your child sees you at their events, it gives them more confidence knowing that you are smiling and watching them

Our future generation, our future leaders, are our children and everyone of them can be like Timoci and Shalvi and more.

Good luck to Timoci on yet another leap into his no doubt bright future.

He will be joined by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the Attorney- General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Climate Champion Inia Seruiratu.

Feedback:  losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

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