Fifteen orators from schools in the Western division gathered today at the Swami Vivekananda College Hall in Nadi as part of the celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day.
With the theme “Towards a Common Future” and the oratory theme of “Parliament – delivering a more prosperous, sustainable and fair future for young people”, the students were impressive with their presentation and the wealth of knowledge they had on the topics.
According to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon. Ruveni Nadalo, this year’s theme augurs well for countries in the Pacific as we all strive to address critical challenges like climate change, development, global terrorism, poverty, to name a few.
“These goals are also outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.”
“The theme also explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens along the ideologies of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness,” Hon. Nadalo said
He also took the opportunity to remind the students that as youth and future leaders, they must equip themselves with the vision that they have an important role to play in our society and community.
“Everyone is connected to each other and it is important that you understand that in the insights we gain through connection, collaboration and shared inheritances helps us overcome difference so that diversity is a cause for celebration rather than division.”
Meanwhile, Secretary-General to Parliament Mrs Viniana Namosimalua, while closing the event, congratulated the orators for such enlightening and dynamic presentations.
”Your presentations have certainly broadened our understanding and continue to raise the profile about Commonwealth Day celebrations.”
“And as you have all heard from our esteemed orators today, the theme for this year’s oratory contest has been specifically tailored for our young generation and emerging leaders for the future.”
“Your participation today continues to raise more awareness on the growing voice of young people. I said “growing” because you represent a growing population (force) in Fiji and in the Commonwealth community,” Mrs Namosimalua added.
Winner of the contest, Sabeto College student Priyanka Anjani Pillay was thankful to her teachers and parents for supporting her all the way.
“The competition was really tough as we had great orators but I believe that my hard work has paid of,” Ms Pillay said.
Second prize went to Sohail Moin Ali of Nadi Muslim College while the third prize went to Roshni Panda of Swami Vivekananda College.