THE Fiji National University has changed its teaching format to better respond to the learning needs and styles of young children in the classroom.
Last year, FNU made it compulsory for all teacher trainees to be fluent in either the iTaukei, Hindi or Urdu languages to be able to graduate.
This year, the university's teaching format requires all graduate teachers to be conversant in both the iTaukei and Hindi languages.
"It is a response to the Ministry of Education's policy initiative," said dean of Education and Humanities, Dr Eci Nabalarua.
Vice-chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand said they were responding to a number of challenges, in particular one that emerged for teachers in regard to the goals of the Peoples Charter for Change, Peace and Progress.
He said he hoped it would be a motivation for other sectors of the community to do the right thing in ensuring a society that respects diversity and encourages unity.
Dr Nabalarua said to make sure multicultural ideals were being put into effect at the university, all graduates at FNU could be asked to take one of the beginner level courses in either iTaukei, Hindi or Urdu at any time during their program and which had to be completed before they graduated.