DESPITE their remote location, the students of Ratu Luke Secondary School in Bua are prepared to take on the challenge to make changes in the areas of technology and health.
Situated about 145 kilometres from Labasa Town in the district of Wainunu, the students were provided opportunities this week to become part of programs available under the Vodafone Fiji Foundation banner.
Foundation executive Ambalika Devi told students the programs — mHealth, eEducation, mYouth and mWomen — benefited rural and urban dwellers of Fiji.
"Help in these areas is just a push of a button away. We urge the rural population to take advantage of services like tips on pressing issues and professional counselling services," she said.
"Our NGO partner is actively engaging schools to design and execute their own health and wellness policies, which cover child health and nutrition as well as staff health."
Ms Devi said their NGO partners had introduced health and wellness programs in 100 schools.
"The key drivers in the policy are to drive children to eat natural foods and steer away from processed foods. This will enable them to live healthier and productive lives.
"We try to assist rural schools as much as possible to bring them up to par with urban schools with innovative health care programs and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programs."
Ms Devi said the school management also expressed the need to have their students exposed to such assistance.
In particular, she said, the management needed help in introducing computer classes to the school's 110 students.