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Target set for improved education

Shayal Devi
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

DELEGATES from across the Commonwealth are in Nadi this week for the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers.

With the theme Sustainability and Resilience: Can Education Deliver, the meeting is the first of its kind to be held in a Pacific Island nation.

In her welcome address, Commonwealth of Nations Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said the meeting and associated Integrated Partners Forum would offer new opportunities for Government ministers, students, teachers, higher education teachers, business partners and civil society organisations.

Baroness Scotland said the shared Commonwealth ambition was for improved education outcomes in all communities and national settings.

Attorney-General and Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum opened the meeting yesterday and called for partners to support one another to realise a common goal.

"Only together can we address the great challenges facing the students and young people around the world, including ingraining sustainable development, the delivery of high-quality education," he said.

"Every country, of course, stands at its own level of development, priorities, aspirations and game plans, but for all of us, Small Island Developing States and larger countries, industrialised countries, our progress in education hinges on our ability to pursue sustainable development and realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

The high-level meeting ends at the Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa on Friday.

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