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Young minds share ideas at forum

Shayal Devi
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

YOUNG people from around the Commonwealth gathered at the University of Fiji Lautoka campus for the Commonwealth Youth Forum yesterday.

University vice-chancellor Professor Prem Misir said the event became a reality after the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers was organised in Nadi this week.

"I was in London last September and met with the commonwealth secretariat people and I explained to them being a small university on the western front, it might be a useful boost for us to have this particular event and that was how it started, as a proposal," Prof Misir said.

"The forum is very important because in the world today, in fact in recorded history, we have the largest number of young people.

"In our strategic plan for example, internationalisation is an important dimension and this should be entrenched within the curriculum."

Students from universities in Fiji joined their counterparts from the Commonwealth to engage in discussions centred on issues that were important to them like employment.

"This forum also means there will be sharing of local ideas so there is a tremendous sharing of information and experiences."

Attorney-General and Education Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum also spoke at the forum and highlighted various initiatives taken by the Government to ensure accessible education for all Fijians.

He said loans and scholarships on merit were now being offered to students.

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