1200 scouts gather, focus on sustainability, resilience and peace

Scouts group of Naitasiri with Minister of Education Aiyaz Sayed -Khaiyum in Labasa last night at the opening of one week camp. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

ABOUT 1200 scouts arrived in Labasa yesterday for the 13th National Scout Jamboree week-long camp.

The event, which is held every four years, attracted scouts from as far as Lau, Kadavu and Yasawa.

In opening the week-long camp, Minister of Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum thanked parents for their support in allowing their children to attend the event.

“In this year’s budget, we allocated $200,000 to the scouts association and we have identified scouts association as one organisation, done on voluntary basis but a very good organisation, that Government can partner with,” he said.

“To partner with all young people like you and to ensure we build upon a country by young people like yourselves to know about civic duties and fellow Fijians and make our country great.

“I know you will spend a few days together so get to know each other and I understand that you will focus on sustainability and resilience and peace.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said peace was a very important issue for any country. “You are ambassadors of peace,” he said.

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