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A-G: Invest In Children

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday called for parental responsibility to uphold education for Fijian children. While opening the Early Childhood Week Awareness at Korotogo Andhra Sangam Kindergarten in Nadroga yesterday,
04 Aug 2015 11:24
A-G: Invest In Children
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with wife Ela and their two sons at the Pre-School Week launching at Korotogo yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday called for parental responsibility to uphold education for Fijian children.

While opening the Early Childhood Week Awareness at Korotogo Andhra Sangam Kindergarten in Nadroga yesterday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said education was an investment in the future.

Students from eight kindergarten and their parents attended the event.

“The Government is very much focused on providing for the future and we are investing in the future,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“These children, in about eighteen to twenty-five  years, will be running the country. These children are the future of the country.

“Amongst them you have a very good chef, you may have a minister, you may have a prime minister, you may have a very good farmer, and you may have a very good engineer, doctor or lawyer.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said there was a need to ensure that the younger population had the opportunities available.

“As parents, we need to give the best possible opportunities and that means a lot of love and affection and a lot of care and attention to the children.”

He said children were the contributors to the economy of Fiji in the future.

“From Government’s perspective, it is very much about the future of the country. As you can see, all the policies of Government prior to the elections is all focused on building the future of Fiji.

“Whether it is giving free milk with Weet-Bix, now making kindergarten free or making primary school all the way to the secondary school free.

“We are spending over half-a-billion dollars in the education sector and we are spending over a billion dollars on roads, water and electricity.

“As you can see now, more people than ever before in Fiji history have access to electricity, water and better roads.

“I urge parents to take a holistic approach like the FijiFirst Government and not discriminate any school for their health or wealth status.

“The reason why we are doing this is to ensure that our younger population get the best options.

“In this, we should not discriminate just because your school may be an isolated school, just because your parent may come from a low income family, just because the school may have people in the squatter area going there or just because the children may be slightly disabled or unable.

“We would like you to focus on the big issues, we would like you to focus on the real issues about opportunities and development,” he said.

Participating schools were Korotogo Andhra Sangam Kindergarten, Nokonoko Kindergarten, Prem Methodist Kindergarten, Yavulo Kindergarten, Good Shepherd Kindergarten, Jubaiwai Kindergarten, Kulukulu Kindergarten and Glory Gate Kindergarten.

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