A primary school in Vanua Levu has launched its first program to fight substance abuse and mould the younger generation to become good citizens.
Launching the program, the 700 students of Khemendra Central School in Savusavu marched through town with banners and placards informing the public about the effects of drug use, including alcohol and tobacco.
Headteacher Narendra Singh said the program was part of the Ministry of Education's wholesome approach to their 733 students' academic life.
"We are raising awareness now among our students for them to know the effects of alcohol, drugs and tobacco," he said.
"The effects are family conflicts as a result of drug and alcohol abuse and family breaking up as well.
"The students have also been told that buying of cigarettes and alcohol also affects family income, so when they go back home they can share with their parents what they have learnt.
"The program is also to make our students understand and know the disadvantages of these substances as to help them make wiser and better choices in life," Mr Singh said.
"These students take the message to more people out there apart from their families and the trend of spreading the message continues, so the effect is great."