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Editorial: Ministry’s Education Assistance Empowers Our Children

We should be thankful to the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation for taking care of underprivileged children’s educational needs. More than 100 students of Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa
23 Jan 2019 10:00
Editorial: Ministry’s Education Assistance Empowers Our Children

We should be thankful to the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation for taking care of underprivileged children’s educational needs.

More than 100 students of Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa received their school stationery packages from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation recently.

The students are in Year 1 to Year 13 and attend various schools in nearby areas. The packages included exercise books, book covers and other everyday school stationery items.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa has rightly said that education is the most powerful empowerment tool which can be used to bring about positive changes for our communities.

The initiative by the ministry to assist families in this way is part of the ministry’s key responsibilities and a practical way of ensuring that children from underprivileged families can continue to have access to education.

“Education is a basic right of all children and an essential element in preparing them for later life when they eventually complete their education and move into the workforce,” Ms Vuniwaqa said.

Parents and students need to make use of this assistance from the Fijian Government in the classrooms and at home because they are essential to the learning process.

The aim is to eradicate poverty in society by providing educational needs to the needy.

We should be reminded of the children’s right to access education and the ministry’s primary focus to support children from underprivileged families.

Government’s education policy is to guide and provide educational support to lift the overall well being of economically-marginalised children and communities in Fiji.

Now that education help has been provided, parents and guardians have a major role to play.

They must make sure that the help is put to good use.

They must send their children to school every day.

They must monitor their children’s daily activities and make sure they prioritise education.

They must help their children with their homework at home.

They must cut down on their social activities and spend quality time with their children.

A parent’s interest in and encouragement of his or her child’s education can affect the child’s attitude to school, classroom conduct, self-esteem, absenteeism and motivation.

Parents should stay involved in their children’s education from preschool through to high school.

Parental encouragement and support for learning activities at home combined with parental involvement in schooling is critical to children’s education. They enlarge parental and community capacity; they create conditions in which children learn more effectively.

We should be happy that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Government have prioritised education and made changes not only to the infrastructure to show total support.

It is making sure that children are provided and have access to quality education.

With Government, parents and guardians support to the education of the children, there are opportunities out there for them because education is the key for them to use.

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