HUNDREDS of kindergarten students from around Vanua Levu converged in Labasa yesterday to mark the opening of the Early Childhood Education week.
Prior to the event, parents and teachers accompanied their energetic children in a march that began from Y-Corner Rd to the Kshatriya Hall.
Officiating at the event, education officer primary Letila Mataitoga said, "If we want Fiji to further develop in this 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible from the day they start preschool right up to their career path. Education of the young is one of the most noble enterprises in which mankind are destined to engage in," she said.
"Our entire existence rests on our ability to do it well. Our past, present and future have been and will be shaped by the quality of our educational activities and the government of the day, like many other countries, believe that education has an awesome responsibility in steering us forward.
"Providing a high quality childhood for young children means providing them with a safe and nurturing environment that promotes their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development and at the same time, responding to the needs of the family."
Mrs Mataitoga said providing high quality education for the young depended greatly on the quality of interaction between the child and parents or guardians, nannies and teachers.
"We are all stakeholders to these children's education and together we have to strive to offer the best and the highest quality education in order for them to attain quality life in future years to come."
The preschoolers also had the opportunity to perform dramas, action chorus, songs and meke, to name a few things, for the audience.
Preschoolers from as far as Lekutu, Galoa and Seaqaqa gathered to be part of the event.