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Meet Youngest Member Of COP23 Fijian Delegation

Shalvi Shakshi, 10, is confident to relay her message to the participants at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, next week. The Year Five student of Nasarawaqa Primary School in Bua originally
04 Nov 2017 14:20
Meet Youngest Member Of  COP23 Fijian Delegation
Shalvi Shakshi with her father Surendra Raj of Tuatua, Labasa preparing to leave for COP23 at Bonn in Germany on November 3. Photo:Shratika Singh

Shalvi Shakshi, 10, is confident to relay her message to the participants at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, next week.

The Year Five student of Nasarawaqa Primary School in Bua originally from Tuatua, Labasa came second during the National Climate Change oratory contest in September.

She flies out with her father, Surendra Raj on Tuesday and would be speaking at the COP23 on November 8.

The trip and participation is her prize.

The second eldest of four siblings said her message to the participants of COP23 will be climate change is real and it is caused by human activities.

“We all can make an effort to reduce climate change and some of the simple ways is by walking down home after work or school on foot than travelling in a car or bus,” Shalvi said.

“I am going to tell the participants that in my country we have begun planting trees.

“Moreover, I will talk about how my country felt the wrath of climate change and that was during Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“Even after this bad experience, Fiji is still united and managed to stand on its feet and raise her voice on climate change which is the biggest resilience.

“I am aware that I will be addressing world leaders, climate change activists and representatives from United Nations agencies, civil societies and non-governmental organisations at Bonn.

“I am not afraid because I will be speaking the truth and my aim is to create impact which I will do confidently.”

Her father, Surendra Raj, an assistant headteacher of Nasarawaqa Primary School was with her at Labasa Airport yesterday after making their visa application and arrangement for Bonn.

“It is the first time my daughter participated in the oratory and she didn’t imagine that it would lead her up for a trip overseas,” Mr Raj said.

“We are very thankful to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, the Government, COP23 organisers and the Ministry of Education for this opportunity.

“As a father and teacher I feel we should always bring the best out of our children and give them the chance to use their talent.

“Shalvi has great memory power and I am glad she discovered that at an early age.”

Edited by Jyoti Pratibha

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