Monday, May 3, 2010

When Cadet Training for Vulnerable Fiji Children Just wreaks of Militariazation at all levels.[Click to view Commando Duck)

Is military regime via Driti promoting training of Child Soldiers in Fiji under the guise of 'Cadet-ship'?

Perhaps if Fiji's state of affairs were ok then this may not be put under the spotlight. Unfortunately, with the current 'failed state' Fiji's is in, all parents in Fiji needs to ask alot of questions before allowing their child to be sucked into such programs that Driti is talking about in the article below.

We have researched & found some links that examines this ideloogy of Child Soldiers, heres an article by Human Rights Watch. by Luvei Viti Think Tank @VUW

Read more;
The Red Hand Day Campaign
This year, the Red Hand Campaign is pressing for universal ratification of the treaty banning the use of child soldiers. The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, prohibits the use of children under age 18 in hostilities or their forced recruitment. Since it was adopted ten years ago, 131 governments-two-thirds of the world's countries have ratified it.
http://www.hrw.org/en/topic/children039s-rights/child-soldiers

Read Driti's article below;
May 2, 2010 by Sai Lealea - Fiji Coup 2006

Driti rejects school militarisation claim

Fiji Live News - May 01, 2010

Fiji’s Land Force Commander Brigadier-General Pita Driti says cadet training in schools does not lead to their militarisation. Driti made the comments while addressing...Fiji Live News - May 01, 2010

Fiji’s Land Force Commander Brigadier-General Pita Driti says cadet training in schools does not lead to their militarisation.

Driti made the comments while addressing the cadet passing out parade for Ratu Kadavulevu School this week.

“Many have said that cadet training leads to the militarisation of schools. It is not so. Cadet training is aimed at instilling discipline in students,” he said.
“It is through cadet training that students will learn to hear one command, one instruction and will follow each and every command precisely as it is given.”
“It will discipline our students as future leaders to do what is right, where and when necessary with order andcredibility.”

Comments posted on Matavuvale.com (Log on to Matavuvale.com)It is wrong to look up to the illegal regime person like 'Driti the torturer' as role model in our society. Children's perception here is that coup culture and being a perpetrator is alright when its not.

Driti: “Many have said that cadet training leads to the militarization of schools. It is not so. Cadet training is aimed at instilling discipline in students.”

Hopefully, instilling discipline in students also meant differentiating between rightful and wrongful choices; and between lawful and unlawful orders. So when the real test comes along, when all comes down to the wire and is dependent on them—the students will have been disciplined enough; courageous enough—to make the rightful choices without distinction.
(Unlike some people we know, who had lacked both discipline and courage and had failed miserably when the fate of their country were dependent on them)

Driti: “It will discipline our students as future leaders to do what is right,

(1) where and when necessary with order (2) and credibility (3)”

It would have been more meaningful to the students, if Driti had gone on to say, “None of these qualities (3) I have, I had lost them all. I’m now a flake and an imposter. Please, students, do as I say and not as I do. Your country needs you.”

So much for Driti’s own credibility claim, it got flushed down a while back?

Driti need not talk about credibility because he is the least credible of them all.

2 comments:

  1. Discipline is a complicated topic. Self-discipline surely is the goal of young people, making their own decisions of what is right and wrong, and what is the path in life they want to follow. Obeying a leader is different because it is not about thinking for yourself. The inclusion of cadet training in schools is not my way of thinking, but other people may have different ideas - that youth these days need to learn teamwork for example. A 'green' kind of training, bush orientation, developing a love of forests and sea, well, that would have my support. Boys scouts and girl guides used to do great things with children and young adults. I don't know about these days.
    W.

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  2. @anon,
    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. You have rightly said, quote "Discipline is a complicated topic." unquote. Everyone parents will be nodding their heads at this valued input. However, how old is 'young' or how young is 'young'?

    Most of these teenage kids, even upto the age of nineteen or nearing twenty are still struggling as to whether they had made a right decision or not as to the path they have taken or the choices they made to be where they are. Ultimately, yes indeed the choice are theirs to make, good or otherwise.

    Parents are often still consulted at some point. As in the case of Fiji with Fijian kids/youths the bond are still very strong right upto the age of 21 yrs when a child is then viewed to be ready to face the world on their own hence the bif 21st Birthday Bash with all its Fijian trappings. I do not know what happens in other ethnic groups so unable to comment on their behalf.

    To say, they need to obey a leader in this instance, military men for those Fijian kids as army life does not really attract other races for its meangre pay. This does remind me of the the Milgram experiment on following orders. These kids will be brainwashed to a point more so now that Fiji is looked upon as a 'failed state'. This does not do much for the illegal regime promoting this idea of cadetship. One can almost predict the end story to this. It smells of ulterior motives.

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