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‘Preparing Students for a Global Society’

  All educators must help their students succeed in life, says Fiji Principals Association president Anita Gounder. She shared these views during the 117th Fiji Principals Association Conference at the
20 May 2016 10:05
‘Preparing Students for a Global Society’
177th Fiji Principal's Association Conference at Novotel Convention Center yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

All educators must help their students succeed in life, says Fiji Principals Association president Anita Gounder.

She shared these views during the 117th Fiji Principals Association Conference at the Novotel Convention Centre in Lami yesterday with the theme: ‘Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society.’

Mrs Gounder said the need to prepare the next generation for new careers became even more imperative as the global economy expanded.

“Given the rapidly changing and increasingly complex world we live in, it is clear that our school systems need to respond better to this challenging global world,” she said.

Mrs Gounder said to compete in the global economy; our young people needed the four C’s: critical thinking and problem solving; communication; collaboration and creativity.

“Our real goal as educators is to do whatever we can to help our students connect learning with real life,” she said.

“And to provide them with the necessary skills to prepare them for lifelong success and personal fulfillment.”

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, while officially opening the two-day conference, said: “This year’s theme, like those of the previous years is consistent with your association’s goal of providing a forum for support, encouragement and professional development of secondary school principals; and leadership in all aspects of secondary education in consultation with the Ministry of Education and relevant stakeholders.”

President Konrote, as Fiji’s champion for the eradication of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), urged all principals to lead by example and encourage their students and teachers to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

“I am aware that the subject of healthy living has been taught in school for some time. However, this does not seem to reflect on the current trend where 80 per cent of premature deaths – these are deaths before the age of 70 – deaths related to NCDs,” he said.

“I suppose that one of our immediate objectives in preparing our children and grandchildren to face the challenges of the 21st Century would be to ensure that they are making the right lifestyle choices from a young age.

“This certainly calls for an educated and concerted approach where schools, apart from families and communities, are also leading the charge.”

The conference will end today with Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy as the guest speaker.

 

Edited by Filipe Naigulevu

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