Teach chil­dren to re­spect el­ders, says Vu­ni­waqa

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHA­HANI MALA Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika Feed­back: sha­hani.mala@fi­jisun.com.fj

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.

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

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.

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