Update: 2:36PM SPECIAL and Inclusive Education is a vital part of the Fiji education system as our current constitution provides that disabled people have reasonable access to all places.
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr. Mahendra Reddy
said this was the basis of World Down Syndrome Day observance in Fiji every year on March 21.
In a statement calling for commemoration of the day, Dr.
Reddy reminded everyone involved in the education that there were children
living with this condition in our school system.
Quoting the 2013 constitution, the minister said our laws
respected the rights of every person from early childhood, primary, secondary
and further education.
"In addition, the right to access quality education in local
schools is supported by various Acts and captured in the Ministry of
Education's Policy on Effective Implementation of Special and Inclusive
Education," Dr. Reddy said.
This year is the 12th international observance of Down
Syndrome Day and activities were centered on the theme "My Voice, My Community:
Enabling people with Down syndrome to speak up, be heard and influence
government policy and action, to be fully included in the community".