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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s Speech at Natabua High School Cadet Review Parade

Bula Vinaka and a very good morning to you all.

It is my pleasure to be with you here to witness Natabua High School’s Cadet Review Parade.

Today your display of drill, timing and precision has been exemplary.

Your parents and guardians, teachers, friends, relatives, and schoolmates will, no doubt, be very proud of your performance.

Cadets, you are part of the latest chapter in a long and distinguished history of cadet training here.

Since 1952- together with Queen Victoria School- Natabua has pioneered the development of cadet training in Fiji and has graduated a number of successful and notable alumni.

It is in no small part due to Natabua’s example that we see cadet programs extending to a number of new schools, including St. Thomas High School here in Lautoka.

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the cadet program, and as I look out on a battalion 1028 strong, Natabua continues its proud tradition of having the largest school cadets’ unit in the country.

This is a considerable achievement in itself and speaks to the hard work of all those responsible for the organization, co-ordination and successful undertaking of this annual parade.

Today your display of drill, timing and precision has been exemplary.

Your parents and guardians, teachers, friends, relatives, and schoolmates will, no doubt, be very proud of your performance.

I am happy to say that the assistance and support of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces will continue to be extended to facilitate annual cadet programs.

Ladies and Gentlemen, there can be no doubt as to the benefits that cadet training brings to a school.

Military drill encourages physical activity and promotes fitness in our students. This sets the foundation for longer and healthier lives.

Cadets are also instilled with important values such as honesty, discipline and a sense of responsibility. These core principles will serve you well in all your future endeavours.

While these benefits alone are enough to merit praise, it is important to note that the cadet program serves another purpose as well. It builds a sense of patriotism and national pride in our students and it promotes unity and social cohesion in our communities. This is critical as we work together to build a new Fiji.

A Fiji where everyone is proudly Fijian, united in a vision for the future.  A Fiji where we will respect, appreciate and celebrate the aspirations of our all people.

A Fiji where we will live justly and peacefully with one another as common and equal citizens.

This is the potential we have as a nation. Therein lies the inherent strength of achieving a common national identity. But it will not happen simply by wishing it. As cadets, you have been taught about responsibility. Well, I now call on your responsibility as Fijians.

As you are aware, both the Electronic Voter Registration and the Constitutional Consultations are underway. The platform is there; the stage is set. Now it is up to you to stand up and take ownership of these processes.

On Wednesday, at the commencement of the National Stadium Project, I called on the youth of Fiji to make sure that their voices are heard. Today, I appeal to you directly. You must demand that your values, your concerns, and your aspirations are not left out.

Cadets, the successful completion of your training program is a great achievement. This is a proud day for you, and a proud day for Natabua High School.

The lessons learnt will serve you well, now and into the future, and I congratulate you all for your engagement, commitment and effort.

To those of you winning awards, you stand as strong examples to your peers, and especially to the younger students who will follow in your footsteps.

Congratulations and thank you to all those who have contributed to making this review parade ceremony a great success.

Thank you and vinaka vakalevu.