Minister of Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar met with the Assistant Director-General for Administration and Management, Mr Nicholas Jeffreys, and the Assistant Director-General of the Africa Department of UNESCO, Mr Firmin E. Matoko at an early morning meeting facilitated by Ms Nisha, the Director of Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific State for a discussion about UNESCO reforms yesterday (17/11/22).

The Minister acknowledged the participants that were tuning in from different parts of the world and stated that she was pleased to meet virtually to discuss the reforms.

Minister Kumar highlighted that Fiji, as a regional leader in education, has always supported the good work carried out by UNESCO in Fiji and the Pacific.

She also informed the team from UNESCO that Fiji will continue to be a strong collaborator in their upcoming plans.

Mr Matoko said that UNESCO was repositioning itself to prepare for new challenges of the world.

Mr Jeffreys expressed his gratitude for the Fijian Governments’ support in helping UNESCO deliver its commitments, adding that he was thankful to the Minister and requested that she convey their appreciation to Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

The meeting was also attended by the Permanent Secretary for Education, Dr Anjeela Jokhan, Secretary of the NOM Committee, UNESCO, Ms Magdalena Landry and representatives of the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister.