A SCHOOLteacher plans to use the Vodafone Gold and Water Carnival in Tavua to advocate for the importance of education.
Monica Singh, sponsored by Amin Insurance Service, said although the theme of the festival was Fostering Unity, she wanted to inform the children of Fiji not to give in to peer pressure and focus on their studies.
"Education is a stepping stone and that will guarantee we will have a brighter future," she said.
Miss Singh, a teacher at Balata High School in Tavua, said she loved her job as a Maths teacher, but it had its challenges, as is the daunting task of participating in the pageant.
"I never miss out on classes and that is a good thing because I get my work done for the pageant as well."