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Alumni talks of civic education

By FONUA TALEI A young women’s group has voiced their disappointment over the lack of civic education opportunities accessible to youths. Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni co-rdinator Roshika Deo told the
13 Oct 2012 08:55

By FONUA TALEI

A young women’s group has voiced their disappointment over the lack of civic education opportunities accessible to youths.
Emerging Leaders Forum Alumni co-rdinator Roshika Deo told the Fiji Sun that most youths were not aware of the current constitution submission process.
She said women were being encouraged to make their submissions to the Constitution Commission however little was being done to facilitate their participation.
“Women are expected to participate in the constitution submission process but do they provide child care facilities for their children,” Ms Deo said.
Seventeen young women gathered at the DeVos on the Park to help compile a draft submission for the Constitution Commission.
The women representatives of the alumni echoed their concerns at the civic education workshop hosted by ELFA and also raised issues that they thought should be included in the new constitution.
Some of the issues highlighted by the women were the lack of access to public information, and accountability of the Government to the people, among others.
Ms Deo said of the 17 participants who were present only two had ever attended a workshop about making submissions to the Constitution Commission.
“The whole process seems to have been rushed and not well- thought out. They need to consider that people need to mobilise and secure funds to access this information,” she said.
She said even though the deadline for written submissions had finished, they could not hold the civic education workshop earlier because funding was late.
“The process should not be done to make people think of it as a burden, which it is at the moment. It should be organised to complement people’s daily lives. Civic education workshops on how to make submissions should have been done at least a year or two before.”
The alumni is expected to make their submission on Saturday.




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