World Children’s Day

Dressed as a mini island princess, a Year 1 student waves the Fijian flag during a meke at Saint Mary's Primary School. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI/FILE

LABASA Sangam Sadhu Kupuswamy Memorial College was a sea of bright bula colours as students and teachers commemorated World Teachers and Children’s Day last week.

Officiating at the celebrations, the school’s former principal Luisa Ratuvuku called on students to remember their elders and ensure their wellbeing.

Ms Ratuvuku told children they owed a lot of their elders for moulding them to be the people they are now and would become in the future.
“When compared to other countries in the world, we can take pride in our cultural heritage that encourages and fosters strong relationships within families,” she said.

Speaking to teachers, Ms Ratuvuku told them the future of Fiji and the world depended to a large extent on what they taught their students.

“You are setting the stage for our children’s future aspirations, and career pathways.”

Meanwhile, the general assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day on December 14, 1954, while in 1966, the International Labour Organisation and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation adopted a recommendation concerning the status of teachers.

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