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Children Belong in School

Children belong in the school and that is where they must be, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy. “This is precisely why it has been made compulsory
15 Jun 2016 10:13
Children Belong in School
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy at the student leadership seminar at Kshatriya Hall in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

Children belong in the school and that is where they must be, says Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy.

“This is precisely why it has been made compulsory that all children must be supported to gain education till Year 12.”

He made these comments during the opening of the student leadership seminar organised by the International Labour Organisation. The organisation is tackling child labour through education project.

The one-day seminar also looked at the World Day Against Child Labour theme, ‘End child labour in supply chains; it’s everyone’s business.’

Students and teachers from 15 secondary schools in the Northern Division gathered at Kshatriya Hall for this seminar in Labasa yesterday.

“No child should be forced to stay at home for whatever reason it may be as it is unlawful and against the Constitution of this country,” Mr Reddy said.

“We intend to fight child labour with education, that is, on one hand, getting all children in educational institutions and on the other educating the public and community at large on safety, care and up keeping of children’s rights,” he said.

Mr Reddy said the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts has implemented, reviewed and re-implemented a Child Protection Policy in the education system.

“This has been made keeping in mind the welfare and wellbeing of the child,” Mr Reddy said.

“In the school environment, we intend to give the child that freedom and right to exercise their rights so that they become well-informed citizens of our beloved nation.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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