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Parliament Reaches Out To Villages, School In Naitasiri

Parliament Reaches Out To Villages, School In Naitasiri
Students of Nadarivatu High School looking through the Parliament displays. Photo: Parliament of Fiji
June 14
10:00 2018


The Parliament outreach team braved the mountain­ous terrain of Naitasiri to take Parliament to the students of Nadarivatu High School this week on Monday.

The chilly weather conditions did not deter the team from reach­ing out to 150 rural students and two villages in the upper northern highlands of Viti Levu to inform them about the operations of Par­liament through the“Parliament Bus” programme.

Villagers of Navai listening during the programme. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

Villagers of Navai listening during the programme. Photo: Parliament of Fiji

It was the first time that the stu­dents and teachers were given an update on what happens in Parlia­ment, its processes and procedures.

School principal Mr Apolosi Dakua said the programme was timely and very educational.

“We were just planning to visit Parliament later in the year but today, we are so privileged to have been visited by the team,” he said.

“This is a rare opportunity for us given that we are located in the highlands and isolated but we are so appreciative that we have been chosen as one of the schools to be visited by the team.

“The students as well as teachers are now well-informed about Par­liament and we now know how to engage with the institution..”

Year 12 student, Ruci Yacokilo­doni, hopes to become a Member of Parliament one day.

“The well-presented programme has given us a reason to study hard and become successful people in fu­ture,” she said.

“Hopefully, some of us here at Na­darivatu High School will make it to Parliament as Members one day.”

The team also travelled to Navai Village, the home of the highest peak- Mount Tomaniivi as part of the programme.

Sailosi Tamanivalu said it has taken him 68 years to know about Parliament thoroughly.

“Most of us villagers always ques­tion about the existence and impor­tance of Parliament, something we know nothing about,” he said.

“Elections come and go and we don’t seriously consider taking in­terest in our Parliament because we know nothing about it. But to­day, we are very thankful that we have been enlightened for the very first time about its overall opera­tions.”

Source: Parliament of Fiji

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