ABOUT 50 prefects from 25 schools in Labasa participated in a day-long leadership training program organised by Save the Children Fiji yesterday.
Retired divisional education officer northern and workshop facilitator Mohammad Rafiq said the seminar was aimed at developing the school prefects' leadership skills and problem solving abilities.
"The prefects' duty includes solving student problems, helping maintain discipline in the school, helping staff members and supporting the students at school," Mr Rafiq said.
"This seminar will help provide them with knowledge on how they can develop their leadership skills."
All Saints Secondary School principal Sumiren Pratap said such a program as organised by Save the Children Fiji helped empower the students and developed leadership qualities among them.
"There should be a channel where there is proper communication between the teachers and students and prefects, and this channel should be provided with efficiency," he said.
"Prefects should also be assertive, be confident because it is one of the important qualities of being a leader.
"Prefects need to understand what they are required to do, how they can go about a particular situation, their responsibilities and they need to be aware of the limits of authority.
"Ultimately, there is no precise instruction of becoming a good leader because it involves dealing with people, but the prefects can learn along the way."