A GROUP of villagers on Kadavu will now be able to understand their rights under the new Constitution.
The villagers of Muani in the district of Ravitaki were given copies of the Constitution as part of an outreach program that began at the village on Thursday.
Apart from the display by the Ministry of Information, National Archives and Library Services at the village, hundreds of villagers were also given the 2013 Constitution booklets.
While receiving the iTaukei translated copy of the booklet, Muani Village chief Alivereti Taito said it was an honour for the villagers to receive copies of the Constitution, especially considering the remoteness of villages in the outer island.
"Never in my lifetime have I been given a copy of Fiji's Constitution and to be given one today in the iTaukei language is like a dream come true," he said in an Information Ministry statement.
Mr Taito said in the past, the Constitution was available only in legal circles and was never available to ordinary grassroots people.
"For government officers to travel all the way from Suva to give me this Constitution booklet I can call my own is indeed a privilege and an honour."
The statement said Mr Taito highlighted the fact that the government took the initiative to translate the Constitution in the iTaukei vernacular language, which meant they cared about all the people, especially those living in the villages.
"Now even if the elderly people find it hard to read in English, they still can understand the Constitution better because it is in the iTaukei language," he said.