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Govt backs early education for all Fijians

Govt backs early education for all Fijians
Assistant Minister for Agriculture Hon Viam Pillay with the students
July 28
11:00 2018

Government, as part of the inclusion of early childhood develop­ment in the SDGs, ensures that the younger citizens get the best start in life.

This was highlighted by the Minister Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mer­eseini Vuniwaqa, while of­ficiating at the closing of the Early Childhood Education Week celebration at Kulukulu Primary School in Sigatoka yesterday.

Ms Vuniwaqa highlighted that access to early childhood education (ECE) could pro­vide children who have been marginalised by poverty, eth­nicity, disability, location or gender, the means to engage in academics and achieve bet­ter for the future.

She also said education was a powerful weapon, which could reduce poverty, increase income, boost eco­nomic growth, and increase the chances for one to have a healthy life.

“We require the commit­ment and perseverance in the belief that the education of our Fijian children is the ulti­mate solution for the achieve­ment of sustainable and in­clusive development for our nation,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

As part of the programme at Kulukulu, Francis Lee, the General Manager of Fijian Resort also handed over a 10,000-litre water tank under the “Make a Difference Pro­ject”.

The school board and teach­ers were thankful to Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa for the donation and said the wa­ter tank would help solve the clean and safe drinking water issues that they had faced for many years.

The Kulukulu Primary School currently caters for grades one to eight with 281 students and 46 students for Kulukulu Kindergarten.

The minister also took time to explain to parents and guardians about the social protection programmes.

Source: DEPTFO News

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