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Making Fiji a Clever Nation

Government aims to make our nation a clever and smart country by giving all our people the opportunity to get an education, says Voreqe Bainimarama. The Prime Minister made these
31 Aug 2015 15:21
Making Fiji a Clever Nation
rime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama congratulates Rajendra Singh during the Fiji National University Inaugural Alumni Gala Dinner and Awards night celebration last Saturday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Government aims to make our nation a clever and smart country by giving all our people the opportunity to get an education, says Voreqe Bainimarama.

The Prime Minister made these comments at the Fiji National University Inaugural Alumni Gala Dinner and Awards night at the Grand Pacific Hotel last Saturday.

“It is not a pipe dream as some might think because we are convinced that when you give people an opportunity to learn by breaking down the barriers to education, especially poverty, they will seize it.”

“There is now no reason for any Fijian – no matter what their background or family circumstances – to miss out on getting the best education they can.

“Our free schooling and the scholarships and tertiary loans we are providing have transformed the prospects of even the poorest Fijian children,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He further said Government had given them the key to a life of opportunity through learning.

“It is up to them to take that key and unlock the door to a world of opportunities. To work as hard as they can – and to the best of their ability – to acquire the skills they need and our nation needs to fulfill our collective dreams,” he said.

“Team Fiji isn’t only about succeeding at the Rugby World Cup or in Football. It is about every Fijian treating the process of learning in the same way as mastering the skills of a game.

“The more skills each person masters – whether it is in a trade or profession – the stronger the intellectual capital of the national team and just as our sporting teams punch above their weight in international competition, our workforce needs to do the same,” the PM said.

He also said for a small country such as ours to make a mark in the world, we need to be as disciplined and skillful as the best of our sportspeople.

“We need to play hard intellectually – use our brains and acquire as much knowledge as we can and what we are doing in the education system is to train our players and provide them with the best education we can afford.

“But if everyone embraces the value of learning and we work together intellectually as a team, I am certain we will be a clever country.

“It is only those among us with no imagination – or the lazy – who think it can’t be done because yes we can! and when we do it; there will be nothing to stop us achieving our dreams for ourselves and for each other,” he said.

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