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There is More to do for Early Education: Vuniwaqa

There is More to do for Early  Education: Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with a student of Gospel Kindergarten School in Suva during the closing of the Early Childhood Education Week celebration. Photo: DEPTFO News
July 28
11:00 2018

We have to do more for early education to prepare our pre-schoolers for those years that follow in primary school, secondary school and the tertiary system.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Al­leviation, Mereseini Vuni­waqa, at the closing of the Early Childhood Education Week celebration at Gospel Primary School in Suva yes­terday.

Ms Vuniwaqa said Govern­ment made a commitment to invest in Fiji’s young lives by increasing the edu­cation sector budget. The new budget for the fiscal year 2018-2019 has seen the Education Ministry’s budg­et increase to $1 billion as evident in the new budget.

She told the parents, stu­dents and teachers that another of Government’s priority was education and inclusiveness of Fijian chil­dren with disability.

“I also encouraged parents to take an active role in the education of their chil­dren,” the minister said.

She also told parents and students to take full advan­tage of Government’s free education initiative so that students could reach their full potential in the school system.

“The Fijian Government will ensure that all girls and boys have access to pre-primary education and we should be investing in nutrition, stimulation and protection of children dur­ing their early years, so they could go on to lead healthy and productive lives,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

“The first three to five years play a key role in a child’s life as they begin to absorb the world around them and these experiences in their lives affect their de­velopment physically, cog­nitively, emotionally and socially.”

The minister also encour­aged the community mem­bers to break the silence on child abuse so we can end the vicious cycle of crimes against our children.

Source: DEPTFO News

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