Education

Ministry introduces ‘anti-suicide pledge’ for students

The Minister of Education has created a pledge in a bid to promote and facilitate early detection of social issues students may face. The pledge is reported to have been circulated to students across the country during the National Discourse on Suicide last Friday. According to a Ministry document, the pledge is as follows: I pledge that I: (i) will […]

Navin Kumar

September 25, 2015 12:34 pm

The Minister of Education has created a pledge in a bid to promote and facilitate early detection of social issues students may face.

The pledge is reported to have been circulated to students across the country during the National Discourse on Suicide last Friday.

According to a Ministry document, the pledge is as follows:

I pledge that I:

(i) will grow to my full potential to serve my family, my community and my country

(ii) will never be pressured by anyone or tempted to commit suicide

(iii) will seek all assistance I can get and not harm myself in any way to bring shame to my family, my school, my community and my country

(iv) am unique and have a purpose as to why I am in this world and will never put this life to waste by ending it prematurely.

Education Minister Dr. Mahendra Reddy, speaking to the Fiji Times:

That’s what we want to do. For example in the Vatuwaqa one, a child used to show classmates marks on his back from punishment from home.

Why didn’t the children come and raise that. They raised it after the child committed suicide.

That is what we want to deal with and immediately there should be a mechanism that goes to the principal or head teacher to deal with it as soon as a child comes up with that, to call the parents and deal with it.

That’s the strategy that we want to roll out.

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