Educating children

Spencer Nigel Robinson, Samabula, Suva | Saturday, June 3, 2017
I thought to myself of how time really flies as I gazed on the roadside the other morning, looking at a group of primary school students going to school.

I thought to myself that I was once like those youngsters 26 years ago. Gone are the days where we used to embrace the fact that "youths are our future leaders of tomorrow".

In today's day and age, where the world is changing rapidly, in terms of technology and knowledge, we are embracing a new trend where "youths are our leaders of today".

According to our Fijian Constitution (2013) in Chapter 2 under the Bill of Rights: "Every person has the right to: early childhood education, primary and secondary education; and further education."

Our future therefore depends on what we do today.

Hence, the education of our children must be a priority and not just to get educated, but to gain a "good education" where we not only prioritise the attainment of academic credentials, but promoting the importance of a knowledge-based society among other key factors.

I also firmly believe that one of the biggest educators is our "life in itself" where our experiences coupled by the environment and those that influence us make us who we are. The formal education system is part of this system and one that plays a very crucial role especially for our children.

To raise a child is not an easy task and because we become part of a communal way of living, it takes the parents, the grandparents, the extended family, the community, the church, the "vanua" and the school to raise a child.

Let's not forget that the education of our children is one that requires teamwork, determination and sacrifice by those involved and more significantly we must also educate our children to have respect and love for others.

And what a beautiful way to conclude from the Holy Scriptures in Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV): "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

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