The Fiji National University signed a US$20,000 deal with the Ministry of Education to ensure its sponsorship of the Commonwealth Education Ministers Conference, which will take place February 19-23, 2018
The Fiji National University signed a US$20,000 deal with the Ministry of Education to ensure its sponsorship of the Commonwealth Education Ministers Conference, which will take place February 19-23, 2018.
Fiji will be the first Pacific Island country to host the conference, which expects 400 local and international delegates to attend alongside the 52 Commonwealth Education Ministers.
The conference, deliberating on the theme `Sustainability and Resilience: Can Education Deliver?’, will gather Education Ministers to discuss new education systems that respond to global concerns, such as climate change and migration, and that enable skills development, effective transition into employment, and traditional and cultural knowledge.
Iowane Tiko, the Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage and Arts, said that the University’s sponsorship signaled their commitment to the development of quality education and would help the conference achieve its objectives.
He added: “The theme is expected to stress and address the important mitigation measures for climate change and globalisation through partnerships, and to build resilience for sustainable development.
“The theme will set the platform for the development of a policy agenda to address the climate change crisis faced by Fiji and other small island states.”
Fiji National University’s Director of Marketing & Communications, Jenies Mudiliar, said: “As the country’s national university, we are very supportive of the Ministry of Education and of the initiative you have taken and this is actually a very proud moment for the University as well.
“We are also very enthusiastic about the theme which we feel is very relevant to the Pacific Island countries, as we are very vulnerable to climate change and this conference will no doubt bring to the table a lot of knowledge sharing, discussions, initiatives and innovative ideas for sustainable development in the region through education.”
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