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Akbar: Education Key To Poverty Alleviation

France applauds Government’s commitment in sector. Education is one of the fundamentals to human development and key to overcoming social hardships like poverty. This was highlighted by the Minister for
03 Apr 2016 09:31
Akbar: Education Key To Poverty Alleviation
Guests at the international women’s day celebrations organised by France Embassy and Fiji Association of Women’s Graduates at USP, Suva

France applauds Government’s commitment in sector.

Education is one of the fundamentals to human development and key to overcoming social hardships like poverty.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, while opening the International Women’s Day celebrations organised by the French Embassy and Fiji Association of Women’s Graduates.

The Ministry of Women also pledged $5000 towards the Fiji Association of Women’s Graduates fund, which aims to reach out and empower young girls in accessing education.

The event also coincided with the screening of the world renown movie, “He Named Me Malala.”

While speaking at the event, Minister Akbar outlined the steps taken by the Government to enhance education opportunities.

“The Fijian Government has also shown great commitment towards ensuring that all Fijians have equal access to education. “Our honourable Prime Minister strongly reiterates that education remains the cornerstone of his Government’s policies and remains committed to it,” Ms Akbar said.

French Embassy Chargé d’affaires, Jules Irrmann acknowledged the Fijian Government’s commitment toward education development in Fiji.

“I would like to express my appreciation towards, the Bainimarama Government for the way it has handled the challenges of improving women and girls rights and gender equality in Fiji.  The free education is also, of course, a very important step, there is no excuse not to send a child to school in Fiji today. This political will is obvious when you look at the representation of women in Fijian institutions, at the parliament where both the speaker and the secretary general are women,” Mr Irrmann said.

 

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