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Education Ministry introduces National Counseling Workshop

September 30, 2015 1:57 am

Education Minister Mahendra Reddy says there needs to be more open communication between parents, children and teachers regardless of the topic.

He adds the only way to achieve this is, if people can spot the signs that something is wrong and be able to do something about it.

A National Counseling Workshop conducted by Vijay Kumar- a school counselor and a psychologist from Australia hopes to address suicide in schools.

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Kumar says he’s voluntarily providing workshops throughout the country for the next two weeks to equip and up skill counselors on how to deal with the issue.

‘when I heard via the internet media about the situation in Fiji and how it was escalating and I also followed the Ministers comments on the approach and the messages he was trying to pass onto the community, the teachers and the whole organization and when I looked at that and listened to it, I thought this is something where I may be able to help out with my expertise or my knowledge rather, so these issues were dear to me and i thought the messages were quite clear and what it needed is a little bit of guidance and so i sent a message to the Minister and it was greed on’.

Kumar is a prospective PHD student, a School Counselor and a Psychologist from the NSW Education Department in Australia.

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