Parliament today marked another milestone with the launch of Parliament educational resources that will maximise Parliament’s reach to students and youth all over Fiji.
Fijian Parliament Speaker, Hon. Dr Jiko Luveni acknowledged the generous support by the UNDP Fiji Parliamentary Support Project with the donor partners – the European Union and the governments of New Zealand, Australia and Japan that has enabled Parliament to embark on numerous initiatives, one of which is the Parliament educational resources.
“The Fiji Parliament has embarked on numerous initiatives that have been recognised internationally especially by the Inter Parliamentary Union and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association – the reason I have continually been invited to share our programme with other Parliament members.
“We are so glad that with the launching of the Parliament educational resources, we would be able to maximise our outreach to students and youth,” Hon. Dr Luveni said.
With the funding from donor partners, all secondary schools will receive a set each of the ‘Discover Parliament’ information cards with the Teachers Guide and the ‘Our S.a.Y’ Modules for primary and secondary schools in Fiji.
The ‘Discover Parliament’ Information Cards with a Teachers’ Guide contain good, easy to understand information about Parliament which can also be read by anyone who wants to learn more about the Fijian Parliament.
Year 10 student, Michael Cakacaka of Marist Brothers High School said the educational materials were so resourceful, something they would now heavily rely on in order to learn more about the Parliament of Fiji.
Michael thanked the Parliament staff and other stakeholders for having the insight to come up with innovative learning materials for the benefit of the students in the country.
As for year-eight student Isaia Vakabula of Gospel Primary School, such materials were a gateway for students like him to have access to Parliament in terms of understanding how it worked.
“These materials will help us in our studies and also our understanding on Parliament,” he said.
“At this very young age, we are being introduced to such learning materials and it’s a very good idea because it will help us become Parliamentarians someday.”
Fijian Parliament twin in Australia, the Parliament of Victoria and the New Zealand Parliament also assisted in the production of these educational materials. Ministry of Education also played a crucial role through the teachers who trialled the materials in two Parliamentary Teacher’s workshops held in the past two years.
All these educational materials are now available online on the Fijian Parliament website