FENC Fiji is hoping the public will play a more active role in giving underprivileged children an opportunity to receive an education.
These are the sentiments of the NGO's national co-ordinator, Irshad Ali, who said those who wished to help could participate in its 'Sponsor a Child' (SAC) scheme for either primary or secondary school students.
Under the SAC initiative, sponsors will pay a child's school levy for the year and provide the child with school supplies such as uniforms, school sandals, bag, books and stationery.
"Fiji has a pool of retired professionals who can effectively play a key role in helping the poorest children perform better at school," Mr Ali said.
"We invite these professionals to help us make the difference we want to see in our community."
He said education was an important aspect of life and that every individual had the capacity to raise funds for the education of needy children.
"Children have the right to an education and it's a parental responsibility to see that their needs are met."