The leaders of the Methodist Church of Fiji met with the Minister for Education, Hon Dr.Mahendra Reddy this week and pledged their support towards the education developments carried out by the Government.
The meeting focused on how the Methodist Church and the Ministry of Education can work together to deliver the best educational services to Fijian students.
Minister Reddy said that he was happy to meet with the church leaders Church as they are part of the faith based groups that have contributed immensely to the development of education in Fiji.
“ We value the Methodist Church in Fiji very highly as well as other faith based groups for the enormous contribution they have made to the education sector. You have a lot of wisdom and time tested knowledge and we are happy to work in collaboration with you to assist us fulfill the vision of the Bainimarama government,” said Minister Reddy.
“We need to ensure that we adopt the best practices in all our schools and identify competent people who will make a difference in the lives of the children of this nation.”
In response, the President of the Methodist Church in Fiji, Reverend Tevita Bainivanua stated that the church is indeed grateful to the Minister for Education for allowing to meet with the delegation and discuss in length the reforms undertaken by the Ministry of Education.
“We have heard in the media your concerns about education and we want to say that we are with you in your pursuit to deliver the best educational service to our children. We also commend your announcement last week to introduce values and virtues education in the weekend to combat the social problems and the rot that has plagued our society,” commented the President of Methodist Church, Reverend Tevita Bainivanua.
The Methodist Church of Fiji delegation was led by its President, Reverend Tevita Bainivanua. Also present was the Secretary General, Reverend Epineri Vakadewavosa, the Deputy Secretary General, Mr.Ili Vunisavai,the Vice President,Mr.Apisalome Tudreu and the Secretary Education, Mr.Waisake Ravatu.
The Methodist Church in Fiji own a total of 31 schools of which 17 are primary and 14 are secondary. They also made a submission to the Minister yesterday to establish two new secondary schools and have offered a school to be considered to be a Technical College in 2016.