STUDENTS of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School celebrated the life of their patron, Mahatma Gandhi, with dances and a special assembly in Suva yesterday.
The assembly was attended by former students who included prominent figures such as economist Dr Wadan Narsey, Fiji Women's Crisis Centre director Shamima Ali, families and friends of the school.
"Every year we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's birthday and today is no different.
"Mr Gandhi was a simple man with simple teachings that changed the world," said principal Kailash Rajput.
This year, the school adopted the theme, striving towards peace and love through nonviolence and love.
"We want our students to know and realise that a lot can be achieved through nonviolence.
"They need to put their best foot forward, strive for excellence and work towards a goal, working towards that goal through nonviolence and peace," Mrs Rajput said.
Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
He was the supreme leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India and employed non-violent civil disobedience to lead India to independence, inspiring movements for nonviolence, civil rights and freedom across the world.
He died on January 30, 1948.