Fifteen orators from schools in the Western division gathered today at the Swami Vivekananda
College Hall in Nadi as part of the celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day.

With the theme “Towards a Common Future” and the oratory theme of “Parliament – delivering a
more prosperous, sustainable and fair future for young people”, the students were impressive with
their presentation and the wealth of knowledge they had on the topics.

According to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ruveni Nadalo, this year’s theme augurs well
for countries in the Pacific as we all strive to address critical challenges like climate change,
development, global terrorism, poverty, to name a few.

“These goals are also outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the
planet and ensure prosperity for all.”

“The theme also explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create
a better future for all citizens along the ideologies of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness,”
Nadalo said

He also took the opportunity to remind the students that as youth and future leaders, they must
equip themselves with the vision that they have an important role to play in our society and
community.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General to Parliament, Viniana Namosimalua, while closing the event,
congratulated the orators for such enlightening and dynamic presentations.

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