PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau stressed the importance of parents playing a major role in creating awareness on HIV/AIDS.
Students at Montfort got a chance to hear about HIV/AIDS statistics around the world, the Pacific and even in Fiji from Ratu Epeli during his address yesterday.
Montfort Boys principal Brother Shaji Paul said the visit by the president was a good sign as he was an advocator for the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country and how best people could help reduce the number of people affected by the deadly disease.
Brother Paul said the boys at the institute were interested in what the president had to say about HIV/AIDS, particularly in the country.
"Most of the boys have heard about HIV/AIDS and have not fully understood about what it can do to them when they are infected, particularly since it does not have a cure," he said.
"We used to have Ministry of Health officials visiting us doing workshops on HIV/AIDS, which have helped students a lot."
He said they hoped that more awareness could be created in the country, especially at their institute.
Ratu Epeli encouraged students to communicate openly with their parents on the issue to effectively understand the disease.
"Your parents have the responsibility to teach you the facts of life and how HIV/AIDS is very much a factor in our society," he said.
He urged parents to start teaching their children at home about HIV/AIDS because it was their responsibility.