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Teachers Undergo Parliamentary Education Training

  Educating young people the importance of Parliament democracy will encourage them to actively participate in law-making processes says Australian Parliament Community Engagement Officer, Suzie Luddon. Speaking at the Fijian
14 Sep 2016 08:55
Teachers Undergo Parliamentary Education Training
Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea (sitting middle) flanked by Australian Parliament Community Engagement officer Suzie Luddon (left) and the UNDP Consultant Steven Lee (right), with officials and participants of the workshop. Photo: Josaia Ralago

 

Educating young people the importance of Parliament democracy will encourage them to actively participate in law-making processes says Australian Parliament Community Engagement Officer, Suzie Luddon.

Speaking at the Fijian Parliament Education Workshop for Teachers in Labasa yesterday, Ms Luddon said it was important to develop this knowledge so they can confidently play their roles as adults in the future.

“I’m not sure about Fiji, but in Australia and in other democracies, there is a serious problem of disengagement from the political processes,” Ms Luddon said.

“Many young people believe that what happens in Parliament and what the Government does has no relevance in their lives.

“For these reasons, it is more important than ever to make them aware of how they can make a difference and create change in the world,” Ms Luddon said.

Fijian Parliament Manager Civic Education Officer, Vatimosi Delailovu said they were working closely with the Ministry of Education to strengthen Parliament education in schools.

“The main purpose of this workshop is to train teachers on how to effectively approach parliamentary education and we also are also brainstorming ideas on engaging students with Parliament through the learning modules and programme that we produce,” Mr Delaivou said.

“Parliamentary rules are already in the curriculum so it is just a matter of reviewing it.”

There were a total of 25 school teachers from different schools in the Northern Division present at the first of the two day workshop at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa. This is in line with the World Democracy Day tomorrow.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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