THE National Green Olympiad 2017 competition will give primary school students a chance to enhance their scope of learning on issues of national and global importance.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Dr Mahendra Reddy at the official launch of the competition in Suva today.
Minister Reddy said the initiative will examine contemporary issues which are affecting global conditions such as climate change, pollution, renewable energy, food security, biodiversity, conservation, disaster risk reduction and sustainability.
“Students will be required to attempt the competition via digital mode. The school will provide for the internet services and students will be supported to do the questions online. As such, together with this test, students learn some key processes of online tests.
Digitisation is a vital arm of education and this online assessment will certainly boost students skills set,” Minister Reddy said.
Students will be tested on environmental knowledge where they will get to answer 20 multiple choice questions in the timeframe of 30 minutes.
Minister Reddy said for a nation such as Fiji, small steps contribute volumes towards the overall action in ensuring environmental protection and sustainability.
“Our Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama is the chair of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He has been leading the fort in the fight for the world to recognize climate change as a real threat and take immediate steps to deal with it.
“He has time and again reiterated that the Pacific Islands are amongst the most vulnerable to the impacts of Climate change, more so, the effect of sea level rise.
“So much information on climate change and the environment has been made available to people nowadays. None better defined than the new curriculum we have implemented in schools. This competition will add to this learning, further giving the platform to students to test their understanding,” Minister Reddy added.
Highlighting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Minister Reddy said they were all interconnected, and indicated that a sustainable environment was the route to economic stability, balance, social stability and peace and harmony.
Close to 70,000 students from Year 5 to Year 8 will participate in the competition, and they would be awarded certificates in different areas of performance.