Continue to be strong advocates for education, PM urges Methodist Church

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the annual Methodist Church Conference meeting at Centenary Church in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE

FIJIAN Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has urged the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma to continue to be strong advocates for the education of young Fijians.

While delivering his address at the Methodist Church conference held at the Centenary church in Suva today, Mr Bainimarama said every faith-based educational institution in Fiji had every right to provide religious instruction to its students, whether it received government funding or not.

“Thank you for your commitment to the schools you administer, and for your commitment to the students who enter their doors,” he said.

“So long as all strive to strengthen that commitment, I believe that these years of Fijian history will be best remembered for the impact we all make on the education of our people, and the foundation of academic excellence and opportunity we establish for all those who come after us.”

Mr Bainimarama said the Government had also upgraded teachers’ work life with more time-off to care for themselves and their families.

“We’ve provided resources and support that enables them to fully focus on teaching Fijian students, and we’ve opened up new opportunities for their professional growth through extensive training.”

The annual conference continues tomorrow.

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