Sat, 28 Jan 2023

SUVA, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Achieving quality education can break the cycle of poverty and reduce inequalities that are leaving millions of children, youths and adults behind, a Fijian minister said on Tuesday.

Minister for Education Aseri Radrodro said the International Day of Education is a very important day as it reminds everyone around the globe of the critical role education plays in people's lives, according to local media reports.

Like the theme for this year's International Day of Education, the ministry wishes to invest by getting people together because education is a basic human right and a public responsibility, thus everyone should have the opportunity to contribute, he added.

The minister said the International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development, is significant and timely since it coincides with the Fijian government's efforts to promote development and prosperity while looking for peace and reconciliation, and provide answers to many issues that separate them.

He added that the rollout of the Back to School Support program within a few days clearly indicates the coalition government's strong focus on education, and that Fijians can expect more strategic approach by the government.

Fiji's new coalition government unveiled earlier back-to-school support for students from low-income families across the Pacific island nation.

Fijian Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka announced the assistance of 200 Fijian dollars (about 92 U.S. dollars) per child to all those earning a combined annual income of 50,000 Fijian dollars (about 22,940 U.S. dollars) or less.

This is to ensure that children return to school without difficulty, he said, adding that the aid comes as many families are facing financial woes due to COVID-19 and the contraction of the Fijian economy.

Fiji is a South Pacific island nation with a population of around 900,000. Its current national poverty rate stands at 24.1 percent.

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