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Educational pot of gold

Fred Wesley
Thursday, January 19, 2017

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama would have shrugged aside any inhibitions when he spoke about education yesterday.

Education has to a large extent, actually attracted a lot of attention from the State.

From 2014, we've had funds churned into this important segment of our country.

Some say it has driven the notion that education can be used to motivate people of a nation.

We seem to be pressing all the right buttons it seems, when it comes to education.

Is education all about going to school, studying hard and attaining good marks in exams then?

Or is it about discovering new things, and learning to appreciate issues around us?

How about embracing the ability to differentiate right from wrong?

Surely we cannot remove the fact that education will empower Fijians. It will enable us to make a difference in many ways, starting understandably from within.

A roll on effect is the empowerment of Fijians to contribute positively to the growth of the nation.

Yesterday the PM made no bones about the fact that the State placed education on a very high pedestal.

"My Government doesn't simply talk about the importance of education, we make access to quality education a reality," he said yesterday while opening Jeremiah College in Suva.

He reminded students, teachers and members of the community present at the event, about the need to support the education of every child in the country.

The construction of schools in villages, in communities located in the outskirts of town and city boundaries, he said, showed Government's commitment to bring education to children who do not live in urban centres.

And this is encouraging. It is a welcome shift in lines of thought perhaps.

It is about setting the foundation for a nation that is more aware and appreciative of development in the future. The question though is whether we are embracing this shift? Are we doing all that we must do to maximise on this move by the State?

It gets interesting if one takes into account that education could do even more than just set people up for jobs later in life.

That includes empowering people to be better in what they do, empowering people to have the courage to pursue their dreams, and having the confidence to make a difference in their lives?

The emphasis on education is great. We should be motivated to drive our children's education, and at the same time bring issues of concern to the powers that be to address urgently. Ultimately it is about working together. The onus is well and truly now on parents and guardians to take the next step to help our children discover their potential and set them up for life.

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