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Fiji Has Done A Great Job In Hosting Education Ministers Meeting: Scotland

Fiji Has Done A Great Job In Hosting  Education Ministers Meeting: Scotland
Secretary-General to the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
February 24
19:15 2018

This has been an extraordinary meeting, the first ever to be held in the Pacific Islands


Secretary-General to the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland says Fiji has been remarkable hosts of  the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers with the generous “bula spirit”.

The meeting at the Sheraton Resort in Nadi ends today when more than 300 education ministers will map a way forward arising from the conference’s theme ‘sustainability and resilience: can education deliver?

“This has been an extraordinary meeting, the first ever to be held in the Pacific Islands,” she said.

“It’s a remarkable fit with the generosity by Fiji to host this meeting and they have made it with the bula feeling.”

Ms Scotland said people have felt warm and welcome to talk and share their issues at the meeting where ministers highlighted issues relating to sustainability and resilience.

Climate change, she added posed a serious threat to most or all member states of the Commonwealth, especially on the 31 small island States within the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Pacific.

Some way or another, Ms Scotland said people have experienced the impact of climate change through cyclones and hurricanes for example Tropical Cyclone Winston in Fiji and Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

Education ministers within the Commonwealth, she said were going to deal with the consequences of climate change because most children weren’t able to attend school and have gone through trauma.

“So the question remains on how do we build resilience and make sustainable communities,” Ms Scotland said

“Members of the meeting are basically saying that education is what is needed as a tool to meet these challenges and to make our countries more resilient.

“That is our aspiration .”

She said education ministers have come up with a common goal to work together.

“We chose to work together, to share and to give information.

Answers so far from everyone without exception we are all saying we are going to do this , take advantage of the fact that our commonwealth share the same language, we speak English,” Ms Scotland said.

“Which means material produced in one country can be used in another country, so if one of our countries has produced fantastic content and methodologies, we can share it and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

“The bula spirit has captured everyone. I think it’s going to get us some fantastic results. On our own we are invisible.”

Edited by Percy Kean



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