Education

Reddy urges parents to talk to kids

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Doctor Mahendra Reddy has urged parents to spend at least 30 minutes daily with their children to understand and help them tackle any issues they are facing. Speaking at DAV College in Suva on Thursday, in the country’s first ever Suicide Prevention Day, Dr. Reddy had strong advice for children: […]

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September 19, 2015 6:33 pm

Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Doctor Mahendra Reddy has urged parents to spend at least 30 minutes daily with their children to understand and help them tackle any issues they are facing.

Minister Reddy with the particpating schools during the commemoration of the prevention of suicide in Fiji. Photo: Department of Information.
Minister Reddy with the particpating schools during the commemoration of the prevention of suicide in Fiji. Photo: Department of Information.

Speaking at DAV College in Suva on Thursday, in the country’s first ever Suicide Prevention Day, Dr. Reddy had strong advice for children:

You need to know that you are not alone, every child is part of someone, part of your school community, part of your family at home, part of the community of your church, temple or mosque.

Therefore, if you or someone harms yourself or take your life, you are destroying your mum and dad. They will not lead a normal life from then on wards. They will have nightmares because they have lost part of themselves.

Addressing one of the causes of suicide, Dr. Reddy said Fiji’s education sector had more than 1000 teachers but not all of them were A or B graders or even got good marks.

Not all of them got first positions in their class or 2nd or 3rd but they have made it, they have done well. If you fail or don’t get good marks, that does not mean that is the end of your life.

Dr. Reddy informed the students that they can repeat or progress further or take a break, “go and work and come back to the university as there are various pathways to getting into university”.

Today, the discourse is about you being part of us, living your life to the full and contributing to the family, the country and in nation building and how we are as a community want to help you to ensure that the journey is quite successful.

He said there is a need for the discourse as parents today have to talk to their children about issues that were taboo in their days because if they do not, then the information will come elsewhere like social media or other people.

The whole day was dedicated to the discourse which revolved around the theme Saving Lives, Life is Precious, something that Dr. Reddy together with students took a pledge on.

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