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Reddy Joins World Education Leaders

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy on Thursday addressed the World Education Leaders at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Korea. The Forum is organised by UNESCO
23 May 2015 09:16
Reddy Joins World Education Leaders
The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Korea. Photo: Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy on Thursday addressed the World Education Leaders at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Korea.

The Forum is organised by UNESCO for educational leaders to agree on a collective civil society vision for education post 2015 and reflect on strategies for civil society engagement in the post-2015 education agenda.

Mr Reddy, in his presentation, highlighted the achievements of the Fijian education sector in relation to the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) and the Education For All (EFA) goals.

“Since 2000, the two most important frameworks that have shaped and influenced the field of education globally, regionally and nationally are the EFA goals and the MDG.

The Fijian Government’s Strategic Development Plans (SDP) and the Fiji Education Commission (FEC) Inquiry Report of 2000 have continuously highlighted the need for quality education for all students,” Mr Reddy said.

“We have earnestly adopted the ‘no child to be left behind’ policy. In attempting to address this expectation, Fiji has embarked on a path towards quality education in 2012 with its new vision of Quality Education for Change, Peace and Progress. This vision was aligned to Pillar 9 of the People’s Charter for Building a Better Fiji which focused on building a knowledge-based society. To realise the vision, various initiatives and reforms were proposed by Government as highlighted in the Roadmap for Democracy and the Socio-Economic Development 2009 – 2014.”

He said Fiji’s expenditure on education relative to GDP was five per cent and this is well within the target set by the EFA.

“Fiji is way ahead in meeting the EFA and MDG targets. It is important to look at the quality of education delivery and this will be the focus in the next four years. In this process, Fiji will pursue the development of quality teachers and quality resources to ensure that quality is realised at all levels in the education sector.

“While cognizant of the worldwide shift towards the revolution of IT and the opportunities it offers, we also need to be mindful of its negative impacts and the need to protect our children from it. We need to develop an education system that supports sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development is relevant to everyone, at whatever stage of life they are in any context. ESD is an integral part of lifelong learning, engaging all possible learning spaces – formal, non-formal and informal, from early childhood to adult life. The ESD Lens is based upon a whole-system approach to education, positioning ESD within national education systems, policies and programmes,” he said.

Mr Reddy Fiji had been reviewing its Education Act to reflect the challenges faced in education.

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