Prime Minister's Hurricane Relief Committee, Fiji.
I present these thoughts as a private citizen of Fiji, as one who has some
concern for this issue; so in sharing these thoughts with you I admit that I am
not an educationist, and really do not have any professional justification for
speaking on this subject. All I can claim for myself, however, is an interest in
the subject of education in the broadest sense of the word.
My father used to tell me that "education does not only mean that we go to
school; a man is continually educated until the day he dies". I think we all have
some appreciation of the deep meaning of that statement, for education
means a change in man's conduct of life. It means the upgrading of a man's
ability to choose the best alternative available in any circumstance he faces. It
means the development of the person to prepare him to adopt the best
approach to a problem at any given time. Education may be broadly defined as
'adjustment ability to a changing situation and environment'. We all know that
experience is the greatest educationist of all.
APPROACH TO THE SUBJECT
In approaching this subject, may we first examine some basic elements of
society and try to determine the place of education as one of the fundamental
elements of any community. Then we will examine the way education relates
and interacts with other elements within that society. Then we might look, with
that picture in mind, at Fiji's multi-racial context and bring out some of the
basic differences which contribute to some of the problems facing education
and adjustment in Fiji today. Then we shall quickly and broadly analyse one or
two basic problems and needs in order to formulate some objectives and the
possible role of education in national development. The analysis is by no
means comprehensive but readers can add to it. I choose to speak more on the... [continues]
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