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Pita Taufatofua appointed as UNICEF Ambassador to the Pacific

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa ,17/07/2018

Pita Taufatofua has become the first Tongan to be appointed as UNICEF Ambassador to the Pacific.

This morning, students of Tonga Side School excitedly welcomed him to mark this great achievement.

Speaking during the Program Taufatofua says he is happy  with the new role.

He said he would ensure that children’s rights in the Pacific and Tonga are a priority.

For me, my bottom line is always going to be education. There’s going to be the rights of children and making sure the young kids have access to health – health facilities and food but education has always been a real important thing for me. It’s probably the most important thing for myself. Well, education is very important because these kids you see behind me are going to be our leaders. They are going to be the ones taking our countries – our Pacific into the world. They are going to be the ones leading the fight on all of the different issues that the world has. So if we can get to them early and teach them the right way and the right things then you’ve got a bright future,” Taufatofua said.

He elaborates on the issues that he will prioritize locally and internationally.

. Education, the health and well-being of the kids, and making sure that their voices are heard, because we assume as adults that we have all the answers and we stop listening to our kids but they are the ones who’s going to be our leaders and sol I want to make sure that their voices are heard. Their voices are heard in the Pacific but in the world. We think that we’re in the Pacific, we’re in this little small pocket of the world but it’s actually a large pocket but the truth is – we should have the loud voices because what’s happening in the world affects us directly,” Taufatofua said.

He also encourage the children to believe in themselves.

“To all the kids in Tonga and the Pacific – you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. It doesn’t matter what that thing is – believe in yourself. Find people that believe in you and work for a brighter future. Work and believe that it can be done,” he said.

Attending this morning’s program was representative of UNICEF to the Pacific – Shelton Yett, ‘Iskeli Oko from the Ministry of Education and Training amongst others.

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