As part of its holistic approach in preparing students for their Term 1 Exams, Nakasi High School today held an awareness session whereby speakers from the Fiji Police Force, Land Transport Authority and the Ministry of Health conducted awareness sessions with students this morning.

Topics covered included Cybercrime, Sexual Offences, Rights of a Child, Juvenile issues, Health, Drugs and Road Safety.

Nakasi High School is also a member of the Crime Stoppers Scholastic Program having joined in 2016.

School Principal Mr Praveen Chand said their roles as teachers was to not only teach inside the classrooms and on paper, but to empower their students in all aspects of life.

“We wanted to invite the Police, Health and Land Transport Authority officials to speak to students before they begin their Term 1 exams, to prepare them for their academic life and life outside of school”.

“Nakasi High since signing up for the Crime Stoppers Scholastic Program has seen a drastic change in the behavior of our students because they were empowered with the knowledge of the law so they had a better understanding of the consequences to their actions that could impact the hard work they have put towards their education”.

Mr Chand said as teachers they value and take their roles seriously and understand that it takes more than just academia to prepare a student in order to have a successful future.

“Parents and guardians, teachers, Police, Health and LTA officials, we are all partners in ensuring children under our care are able to live a prosperous and meaningful life and this is why we will continue to have these awareness sessions”.

Divisional Manager Community Policing East Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Koro Lesikimaloku said engaging with students was a key priority in light of the recent number of reports involving children as victims and perpetrators of crime.

Cyber Crime Officer Corporal Savenaca Siwatibau said the technological knowledge children possess these days if not nurtured and guided properly could impact their education and future.

“There is a lot of knowledge possessed by these students regarding the use of the world-wide-web and social media and this was evident in the awareness conducted today”.

Cpl Siwatibau talked about cases of cyber bullying and how not to engage, the use and misuse of the world-wide-web and the need to ask for help when confronted with an unusual and dangerous online situation.

Similar awareness sessions will be conducted in the Eastern Division in major boarding schools next week.

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