DESPITE the remote location of their school, students of Ratu Luke Secondary School in Bua are prepared to take on the challenge of learning more about technologies and health issues.
Situated about 145 kilometres from Labasa Town in the district of Wainunu, the school was this week provided an opportunity to become a part of programs available under the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation banner.
Speaking to the students, Foundation executive, Ambalika Devi said the programs — mHealth, eEducation, mYouth and mWomen — were set to benefit both rural and urban dwellers.
"Help in these areas are 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 covers child health and nutrition as well as staff health. The NGO partners have currently rolled out 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 food. This is to enable them to live healthier and productive adolescents.
"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 a need to have their students exposed to such assistance.
"They spoke on how the remote school needs urgent assistance from donors to contribute towards introducing computer education in the school compromising of 110 students.
"They also told us how these students have been deprived of the benefits of modern technology provided to students in urban centres.
"This week, the foundation team will visit five schools in Bua Province to roll out similar programs," Ms Devi said.