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
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.
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.