Fiji announces commitment to Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship Scheme

Association of Commonwealth Universities chief executive and Secretary General Dr Joanna Newman. Picture: ACU

MORE young people will have the chance to benefit from life-changing scholarships, thanks to the Fijian Government’s contribution to the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship scheme.

Fiji is the first Pacific country to contribute to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) Endowment Fund, which is managed by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), demonstrating the leading role Fiji is taking in supporting higher education.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji was leading the world’s fight against climate change as current president of COP23, bringing the entire international community together in the same canoe to reduce global warming and build resilience in the communities most affected by climate events.

“Empowering our young people – our most energetic and inspiring generation of climate warriors – is key to protecting the planet that they will inherit, and these scholarships will help advance this critical mission,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum was quoted saying in a Government statement.

“This step is a natural fit with the Fijian Government’s unyielding commitment to two core causes: curbing climate change and investing in education. We’re proud to become the latest country to demonstrate its commitment to this important pan-Commonwealth initiative through the CSFP Endowment Fund.”

ACU chief executive and Secretary-General Dr Joanna Newman said over the past year, they had been working closely with their members in Fiji, leading to some incredible outcomes – including the Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network and the new Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships, announced by The Duke of Sussex this week.

“This contribution to the CSFP by the Fijian Government is further testament to the importance of our work and will ensure these opportunities are available to more young people for generations to come,” Dr Newman said.

“The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships help nurture the next generation of leaders, who have the power to effect positive change across the Commonwealth and create solutions to the shared challenges we face, such as climate change – both in their home and host countries.”