SCOUTING will be compulsory in all primary schools from next year.
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr Mahendra Reddy made the confirmation while officiating as chief guest at the Nausori Scout council district rally on Saturday night.
He said every child would be exposed to the basic skills they learnt out of the scouting movement.
“If we don’t do this, we will be lacking in our responsibility to develop better citizens,” he said.
“Scouting is about building better citizens of the country.
“The whole movement is designed to prepare you for life beyond your comfort zones; for life you may face with without your parents and loved ones and maybe very independent,” he said.
Scouting, he said was how the children would learn the little tricks and tips in life to ensure their growth, development and to become independent and better citizens of the country.
Dr Reddy commended the organisers of the rally for having it after the Fiji Intermediate and Fiji Eighth Year exams.
“This one is organised at a time when we want it to be, after Year 6 and Year 8 exams.”
Source : fijitimes October 05, 2015