WHILE visiting special schools in Lautoka, permanent secretary for sugar Lieutenant Colonel Manasa Vaniqi informed students that the new Constitution catered the needs of special children as well.
He shared this while celebrating Fiji Day with students at Lautoka Special School and Sunshine Special School.
"There is a special place for the unfortunate in our new Constitution protecting the rights to live and be treated equally irrespective of colour, creed, race or physical disability," Lt-Col Vaniqi said.
"The new Fiji that dawns on the new Constitution protects the rights to personal property, guaranteed freedom from slavery, servitude, forced labour and human trafficking, freedom from cruel and degrading treatment and many others under the new Bill of Rights.
"Discrimination is no longer an issue in our new Constitution. It is an inclusive Constitution that protects each and every member of our society.
"You have a special place in our new Constitution and you will be given the protection and rights to work without discrimination."
Lt-Col Vaniqi also said the government supported and thanked the school management for keeping the school together.
"We have just celebrated our 43rd year of independence as a nation and this visit today marks the commitment of government to share with you, our children, the happiness and joy and the testing challenges we have endured as an independent nation."