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Reddy At Nadi Rally

Life skills are important, he says Education is about developing and equipping children with life saving skills, says the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy. Mr Reddy commended the 16 schools
23 Nov 2015 10:28
Reddy At Nadi Rally

Life skills are important, he says

Education is about developing and equipping children with life saving skills, says the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy.

Mr Reddy commended the 16 schools participating in the Hindu Mahasabha School Annual Scouts Rally last Saturday at Tunalia, Nadi.

He said the ministry was looking at developing a right model for schools in the country.

“Educating children requires us to focus outside the classroom, outside the standard textbooks to provide them with skills to ensure that out of their comfort zones they can survive and live on their own,” Mr Reddy said.

“This type of movement, the scouts and the girl guides, assist us in developing and equipping our children with life saving skills.”

He said from next year the Ministry would provide further assistance to scouts and girl guides movements.

“We want every school to engage in scouts and guides in every primary schools, students doesn’t have to come and camp if they don’t but that doesn’t mean we cannot utilise the free period after Year Six and Eight exams to equip them with this life saving skills,” Mr Reddy said.

Scouts Nadi District commissioner and headteacher of the hosting school Arnold Kumar said the Nadi Scouts Council had been operating since 2005.

“We have rejuvenated the council and in 2005 there were four schools and 84 scouts who started this movement in Nadi,” he said.

“From there till last year, we managed to cross thousand scouts and 45 scout teachers.

“We are very happy with our achievement with students learning how to make camp fires and surviving in camps and have sent scouts abroad as well to get international experience.”

Students from the schools were at the camp since last Thursday which ended yesterday.

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