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Minister Reddy Urges Fijians To Read

A culture of thinking outside the box will only exist in Fiji if we have a culture of reading, said the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy. He said this during
10 Sep 2015 12:48
Minister Reddy Urges Fijians To Read
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy (left), and patron Mary Bainimarama during the World Literacy Day celebrations at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday. Photo: Litia Cava

A culture of thinking outside the box will only exist in Fiji if we have a culture of reading, said the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy.

He said this during the commemoration of World Literacy Day yesterday at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva.

The theme for this year is ‘Literacy and Sustainable Societies.’

“There is a deficit in the culture of reading and thinking in Fiji,” Mr Reddy said.

“We need to develop the culture of open reading. This will allow us to develop the wisdom that we want our societies to have,” he said.

Read to Lead Fiji patron Mary Bainimarama also handed out books to schools during yesterday’s World Literacy Day celebration.

The Read to Lead initiative is committed to delivering over 185,000 new children’s books to all 732 primary schools in Fiji.

“There is an urgent need to secure funding for the remaining 382 primary schools. I appeal to organisations and individuals to assist us in delivering these precious gifts to our children,” Mrs Bainimarama said.

“Your gift will enquire our children to read, write and fully understand the medium of communication to express opinion, to problem solving, to be thinkers and doers and it will turn them into a literate educated generation,”she said.

Feedback: litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 



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