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Children’s awards recognise young leaders

Five individuals were applauded for their good leadership and community work in making a difference in someone’s life at the Fiji Children’s Award 2016 ceremony in Suva today. This award recognises and acknowledges exceptional young Fijians between the ages of 6 and 17, who show exemplary achievement in improving lives of others especially the vulnerable […]

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November 22, 2016 10:39 am

Five individuals were applauded for their good leadership and community work in making a difference in someone’s life at the Fiji Children’s Award 2016 ceremony in Suva today.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon Mereseini Vuniwaqa with the five recipients of the Fiji Children's Award.
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Hon Mereseini Vuniwaqa with the five recipients of the Fiji Children’s Award.

This award recognises and acknowledges exceptional young Fijians between the ages of 6 and 17, who show exemplary achievement in improving lives of others especially the vulnerable in society, enhance school or community and overcoming adverse personal circumstances.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the event is timely as the ministry and campaigners around the globe have just finished celebrating the annual Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect or the Blue Ribbon Campaign.

“It is a world-wide effort to recognise our collective responsibility to prevent and confront all forms of child abuse and neglect. I find it important to have platforms on which Children’s voices can be heard and platforms such as this highlight the interests of children and give recognition to their efforts,” Minister Vuniwaqa said.

This is the fourth time for this Biennial award to be undertaken, the first was in 2010. The Fiji Children’s Award is the brainchild of Vision Fiji which works towards improving the lives of children in Fiji.

 The five recipients chosen this year are:

  1. Rhea S Kumar, 13-year-old student of St Joan of Arc School in Sigatoka
  2. Ezra Pickering, 16-year-old student of Xavier College, Ba
  3. Reenal Restika Devi, 14-year-old student of Valelawa Primary School, Labasa
  4. Tamarisi Nailasekula, 13-year-old student of Lawaki District School, Tailevu
  5. Kinisimere Babasiga, 13-year-old student of Lawaki District School, Tailevu

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