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Parliament Team at Holy Family

Staff and students of Holy Family Secondary School were happy to receive the Civic Education and Media Unit under the Department of Legislature in Parliament yesterday. The five-member team are
25 Apr 2015 09:49
Parliament Team at Holy Family
Holy Family Secondary School students with the Civic Education and Media Unit staff from Parliament during its community engagement programme at the school in Labasa yesterday. Photo: Maraia Vula

Staff and students of Holy Family Secondary School were happy to receive the Civic Education and Media Unit under the Department of Legislature in Parliament yesterday.

The five-member team are in Labasa as part of their community engagement to inform the public about the functions of Parliament and how they could have a say.

Unit manager Vatimosi Delailovu said part of their engagement was to go out to towns, villages and community and schools to inform the public about the functions of Parliament.

“We started our community engagement on Wednesday with a special programme called meet the speaker programme where the Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni visited Queen Victoria School (QVS), Lodoni Primary School and Verata Wailevu Village in Tailevu,” he said.

“In the north we visited Holy Family Secondary School then we will have a village visit in the afternoon from 6.30 to 7.30 pm at Wailevu Village. At the same time there will a road show in town at the RB Patel car park and the whole of today till 4.30pm which is all part of our north programme for community engagement.

“Since the speaker is busy her programme is not weekly but she might come to the north in mid year.”

The outreach in the north is been conducted via the Parliament Bus. The Parliament Bus is their community connection flagship – a travelling road show that visits communities around Fiji to inform them about parliament.

Its message will be: ‘Parliament House, get on board.’ Complementing this project will be a series of ‘Meet the Speaker’ visits to communities as well as a range of community consultation project to allow the community to voice their views to Parliament.

“It’s a good turnout here and the teachers are really happy even sharing that what we were sharing this morning was part of the year 10 exams in the afternoon,” Mr Delailovu said.

Year 13 student Judy Chute said: “This programme was informative and very important to us because we are now aware of the role of parliament and what exactly is happening in Fiji.”

Teacher Epi Raikivi said it was a good programme that would benefit everyone.

“Especially when we didn’t have any programmes like this before to actually exhibit the functions of parliament which is very educational and beneficial to everyone,” he said.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 




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