A-G: Give Chil­dren At­ten­tion They De­serve

‘These are small things that we can do for our chil­dren that will re­main with them for the rest of their lives’

Fiji Sun - - Fiji Today - ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Par­ents should give chil­dren the at­ten­tion they de­serve, says At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made these com­ments while ad­dress­ing stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents at the Nas­inu Sangam Pri­mary School an­nual awards cer­e­mony in Narere yes­ter­day. He said Nas­inu was the largest mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Fiji and thanked the Then In­dia San­marga Ikya Sangam (TISI Sangam) for es­tab­lish­ing the school to cater for chil­dren liv­ing in the area. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said teach­ers played a ma­jor role in a child’s up­bring­ing that would help them in fu­ture. He also ad­vised par­ents to spend more time with their chil­dren. “These are small things that we can do for our chil­dren that will re­main with them for the rest of their lives,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“So I urge you par­ents, it’s not about the an­nual prize­giv­ing but also about the lit­tle at­ten­tion you may want to pay to them on a daily ba­sis. “If they come home with a lit­tle bit of home­work, you may not be able to help them but to give them the at­ten­tion and the level of im­por­tance. “That will go a long way and will en­cour­age them,” he said. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said par­ents should re­frain from putting their chil­dren in a ca­reer path they were not in­ter­ested in. “Of course, as par­ents, we should not be dis­ap­pointed be­cause your child didn’t ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally. “As long you are there for them, as long as your child has done the best, that is re­ally im­por­tant, if they have done their best to the best of the abil­ity,” he said. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Govern­ment had given enor­mous pri­or­ity to ed­u­ca­tion. “Chil­dren should pur­sue what they are good at. If they good in any area give them en­cour­age­ment, learn to nur­ture them and they will be good in what they’re good at. This is very im­por­tant,” he said.

Photo: Jone Lu­ven­i­toga

Top hon­ours of Nas­inu Sangam Pri­mary School’s Year 1 stu­dents dur­ing the prize­giv­ing in Nas­inu yes­ter­day.

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