Sports a unit­ing force: Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter

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Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum urged teach­ers and par­ents to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of stu­dents’ ac­tive in­volve­ment in ed­u­ca­tion and sports. Sayed-Khaiyum said be­ing in­volved in sports did not mean ne­glect­ing the ed­u­ca­tional side of be­ing a stu­dent.

He made the com­ments while speak­ing as chief guest at the Cuvu Col­lege Sports Thanks­giv­ing Night 2017 in Si­ga­toka on Fri­day. Speak­ing to teach­ers and par­ents of the school, Sayed-Khaiyum said there was a gen­eral idea in Fiji that play­ing sports meant stu­dents would not do well in the class­room, “Just be­cause our sons or daugh­ters are play­ing a par­tic­u­lar sport doesn’t mean that they can­not do well in school,” he said. “Teach­ers used to say if you don’t do well in school, then you bet­ter become a farmer, we also look down on that, we must not look down on any pro­fes­sion.

“We must also un­der­stand you can do well in sports and in the class­room, teach­ers need to un­der­stand that.” Sayed-Khaiyum said sports was a unit­ing force not only in Fiji but any­where in the world which brought na­tions to­gether, “Gov­ern­ment see sports as a unit­ing force that brings peo­ple to­gether and a source of in­come,” he said. “There are many peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar rugby earn­ing a liv­ing play­ing in France and var­i­ous other places.

“It brings these in­di­vid­u­als from dif­fer­ent parts of Fiji to­gether. It

cre­ates a par­tic­u­lar level of ca­ma­raderie, a level of get­ting to know each other from dif­fer­ent parts of Fiji which is very im­por­tant “A school like Cuvu Col­lege play­ing schools like Ratu Ka­davulevu, schools from Ovalau, we have schools from Ba play­ing soc­cer, sports bring the fam­ily and the par­ents to­gether.

“They may not nec­es­sar­ily in­ter­act with each other on a daily ba­sis but be­cause your chil­dren or rel­a­tives are play­ing this par­tic­u­lar sport it has united you and it’s made you fo­cus on Cuvu Col­lege it­self.” Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the school man­age­ment for their achieve­ments aca­dem­i­cally and in sports.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal, Navneet Mishra said their main pri­or­ity is to be suc­cess­ful in ed­u­ca­tion and in sports. “We want to main­tain this trend in that if we can per­form in sports we can do it aca­dem­i­cally too,” he added.

Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

Act­ing Prime Min­is­ter and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Ar­niv Ansh, 2, dur­ing the Cuvu Col­lege Sports Thanks­giv­ing Night in Si­ga­toka on Septem­ber 15, 2017.

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