A GROUP of students in Labasa celebrated International Day for Disaster Reduction this week by remembering people living with disabilities.
Students of Vunika and Naleba Primary schools shared their thoughts and discussed with teachers and parents the need to take care of people living with disabilities during times of disaster.
The celebration was organised by the College of Humanities and Education of the Fiji National University in Labasa.
College lecturer Pradeep Lal said the international event — with the theme, Living with Disability and Disaster — was organised to also mark Fiji Day.
"We wanted to take it out to rural schools to make students realise the importance of helping the disabled during times of disaster," Mr Lal said.
"Many times during times of disasters, the community doesn't know how to take care of disabled people and how to take them to safety.
"This day made students discuss among groups and do research about it before they brought it to the public at the celebration," said Mr Lal.
The students shared how they learnt many new things about taking care of the disabled during times of disaster.
"The international day actually falls on October 13 but we decided to celebrate it to be in line with Fiji Day," he said.
The day is marked worldwide by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.