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Youths Vital In Parliamentary Processes

Educating young people on the importance of parliamentary democracy will encourage them to actively participate in law-making processes. Australian Parliament community officer, Suzie Luddon, while speaking at the Fiji Parliament
15 Sep 2016 08:22
Youths Vital In Parliamentary Processes
Participants during the Fiji Parliament Education workshop on Tuesday. Photo: Parliament of the Republic of Fiji

Educating young people on the importance of parliamentary democracy will encourage them to actively participate in law-making processes.

Australian Parliament community officer, Suzie Luddon, while speaking at the Fiji Parliament Education workshop for teachers in Labasa on Tuesday said it was important to develop this knowledge so they can confidently play their part 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.”

The Fijian Parliament manager civic education officer, Vatimosi Delailovu, said they were working 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 are brainstorming ideas on engaging students with Parliament through the learning modules and programmes that we produce,” Mr Delaivou said.

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

“It is also changing the approach so that in the future we get to see more Fijians participating in the process, because we all know that decisions made in Parliament will affect all of us citizens of the country.”

There were 25 school teachers from the North 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 which is celebrated world-wide today (15/9).

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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