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Students Share Parliament Knowledge

Fifteen orators from schools in the Western Division gathered at the Swami Vive­kananda College Hall in Nadi last Thursday as part of celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day. With the theme
27 May 2018 11:00
Students Share Parliament Knowledge
Students with items on display at the event. Photo: Parliament of FIji

Fifteen orators from schools in the Western Division gathered at the Swami Vive­kananda College Hall in Nadi last Thursday as part of celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day.

With the theme “Towards a Com­mon Future” and the oratory theme of “Parliament – delivering a more prosperous, sustainable and fair fu­ture for young people”, the students were impressive with their presen­tation and the wealth of knowledge they had on the topics.

According to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ruveni Nadalo, this year’s theme augurs well for coun­tries in the Pacific as we all strive to address critical challenges like cli­mate change, development, global terrorism, poverty, to name a few.

“These goals are also outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all,” he said.

“The theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a bet­ter future for all citizens along the ideologies of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness.”

 

Mr Nadalo said they also took the opportunity to remind the students that as youth and future leaders, they must equip themselves with the vision that they have an impor­tant role to play in our society and community.

“Everyone is connected to each other and it is important that you understand that in the insights we gain through connection, collabo­ration and shared inheritances we can overcome differences so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division,” he said.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua, while closing the event, congratu­lated the orators for such enlight­ening and dynamic presentations.

“Your participation today contin­ues to raise more awareness on the growing voice of young people. I said “growing” because you repre­sent a growing population (force) in Fiji and in the Commonwealth com­munity,” Mrs Namosimalua said.

Winner of the contest, Sabeto Col­lege student Priyanka Anjani Pil­lay was thankful to her teachers and parents for supporting her all the way.

“The competition was really tough as we had great orators but I believe that my hard work has paid off,” Ms Pillay said.

Second prize went to Sohail Moin Ali of Nadi Muslim College while the third prize went to Roshni Pan­da of Swami Vivekananda College.

Source: Parliament of Fiji

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