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Invest In Your Child Today, Reap Benefits Tomorrow: Vuniwaqa

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa yesterday encouraged parents to invest in their children. “If we invest in our children today, we will be at a level
04 Nov 2017 14:00
Invest In Your Child Today, Reap Benefits Tomorrow: Vuniwaqa
Tavaita Raqaqa and her daughter Laisa Naulagi. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa yesterday encouraged parents to invest in their children.

“If we invest in our children today, we will be at a level higher than the level we are in now,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

Ms Vuniwaqa was speaking on Thursday at the the Suva Muslim Kindergarten prize-giving day in Nabua, Suva.

“Our responsibility as parents is to teach our children the right value of honesty, respect, and integrity,” she said.

“Children are the future of our country and the leaders of tomorrow, and we parents play a huge responsibility for our children in their education.”

She reminded parents that it was their responsibility to make sure their children went to school every day.

Ms Vuniwaqa thanked the teachers for their perseverance in educating the children during school hours.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with a graduate on November 3, 2017. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with a graduate on November 3, 2017. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

She urged parents this coming holiday to spend more quality time with their children and monitor them on the use of social media.

“Engage them in activities that will develop them physically and holistically so that they don’t spend a lot of time on social media,” she said.

25-year-old mum Tavaita Raqaqa was emotional seeing her eldest daughter 5-year-old Laisa Naulagi graduate along with 96 pre-schoolers.

“This is the first time for me to attend a graduation ceremony where my daughter is graduating,” she said.

“It is really touching and I was emotional seeing my daughter achieving a milestone in her life.”

Laisa is from Nacavanadi in Gau and has dreams of becoming a doctor in the future.

Grandmother Maya Wati, 59, was also proud of her five-year-old Aliya Buksh at the graduation.

“I’m proud to have my grand-daughter with me, she is very helpful and always take care of me when we are at home,” Ms Wati said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataiaka

lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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