Teach children to respect elders, says Vuniwaqa
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa is urging parents to teach their young children to respect their elders. “We must teach our children about the appreciation of our parents, their grandparents and the elder citizens of this country,” she said. Ms Vuniwaqa was speaking yesterday during the International Day for Older Persons celebrations at the Samabula Senior Citizens Home in Suva.
The theme for this year’s International Day for Older Persons is Taking a Stand against Ageism.
“Fiji is a multicultural country; we have different cultures and rich with different traditions,” Mr Vuniwaqa said. “And one thing these cultures and traditions share in common is basic respect we have for our elders,” she said. Ms Vuniwaqa has urged the parents to bring their children to the Samabula Senior Citizens Home so that children could learn to respect their elderly.
She also thanked the elderly of the country for their contribution towards the development of Fiji.
Minister for Women and Social Welfare Meresaini Vuniwaqa (left), with Samabula Senior Citizens Home resident, Ani Rakula, 88, during International Day for Older Persons yesterday.