PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama told the people of Labasa that he had always been proud of the North.
He said he was always proud to share with others the multi-cultural way of life in Vanua Levu.
Commodore Bainimarama applauded the people in the North for making efforts to learn other languages.
"I am always proud of the North," he said.
The North, he said, was a role model for the rest of Fiji.
"This is because the iTaukei people know how to speak the Hindi language and vice versa.
"This is important for the people of Fiji to know as we work towards building a multicultural society," he said.
Commodore Bainimarama said any elected government following next year's election, was to continue to provide free education for the children of Fiji. Commodore Bainimarama made the comment at the opening of the telecentre at Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Labasa.
He said his government continued to provide free education.
"Any elected government from now on is to use all their powers to make education free for all," he said.
"For too long the North has been neglected by past governments and we are serious about developing the area. We will do everything we can to develop the North."