Democratisation of Institutions is Key, Says Singh
Agni Deo Singh, the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations said the ongoing process of democratizing institutions, particularly municipal councils was underway. He was speaking during the Educators for Climate Justice and Just Transition Conference at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on Tuesday.
Mr Singh highlighted the dissolution of municipal elected councils and the decentralization of power to the people. He said that various organizations serving the local government level would now be elected, allowing for greater inclusion of the people in decision-making processes.
The minister expressed his commitment to restoring trade union rights and reviewing Fiji’s labour laws to ensure compliance with fundamental conventions outlined by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Mr Singh stressed the urgent need for transforming education systems
to ensure quality education for all students and decent work for educators in the context of the climate emergency.
“The role of quality education is crucial to ensure students are climate literate and have the knowledge and skills to take part in the green economy and demand a just transition.”
Director of the UNESCO Office representative to the Pacific States, Nisha highlighted the interconnection of climate change, biodiversity, and the ocean.
“Teachers’ exposure to this development through lifelong learning opportunities is limited due to time constraints as well as a lack of opportunities. In all, if teachers’ creativity is needed to develop and implement climate action in education, schools, and communities, their context, conditions of employment and lifelong learning must be prioritised,” she said.
The conference will conclude on Thursday.