‘We’re Com­mit­ted to Early Child­hood’

Bain­i­marama Gov­ern­ment recog­nises the need, says At­tor­ney-Gen­eral.

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Early child­hood in Fiji has been ne­glected in times past, says At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Speak­ing at the open­ing of the mo­bile kindy Fiji tent yes­ter­day at the 2016 Voda­fone Hibis­cus venue out­side the Voda­fone Arena, he said: “The Bain­i­marama Gov­ern­ment and Fi­jiFirst Gov­ern­ment recog­nises early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion. “I want to thank all the teach­ers who have been un­der­paid for years and these are the very peo­ple who have for­mu­lated the minds of our chil­dren. Over­all as a coun­try we need to over­see and recog­nise the fact that early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion is im­por­tant.”

The di­rec­tor of the lit­tle ones learn­ing cen­tre, Analesi Tuicau­mua, was over­joyed dur­ing the open­ing. “Kindy at the park started seven years ago and its main goal is to advocate on early child­hood learn­ing fo­cus­ing on dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties around the Suva area,” Mrs Tuicau­mua said. “It’s been ex­cit­ing that the Gov­ern­ment can recog­nise our work to­day by hav­ing the honourable At­tor­ney-Gen­eral here.” The mo­bile kindy Fiji, which was set up four years ago, fo­cuses on dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties in var­i­ous parts of Suva. And with Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment on a pay rise of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tors this will def­i­nitely boost the per­for­mance of the teach­ers around the coun­try. The cen­tre has 12 staff mem­bers and four sup­port­ing staff. The pro­gramme aims to set up cen­tres around the coun­try and be­come a pi­lot model across the Pa­cific re­gion. Edited by Naisa Koroi

Photo: Of­fice of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (right), at Lau­cala Bay, Suva, yes­ter­day.

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