STUDENTS of the Suva Special School in Namadi Heights have been reminded of their value to the country.
The reminder was made to the students by Fisheries and Forests permanent secretary Inoke Wainiqolo during a visit to them last week.
Mr Wainiqolo, who visited the school for a belated Fiji Day celebration, said many times special needs children tend to feel left out of society.
"We wanted to show these students that they are a part of this national celebration," Mr Wainiqolo said.
"Although they did not attend the official celebrations at Albert Park, we wanted to show our appreciation to them and remind them that regardless of their needs, they are still a very vital part of our country."
Mr Wainiqolo gave the students a box of books and games, courtesy of the government.
"I count myself fortunate to be here. I was blessed to be a part of their celebrations.
"I was really touched when they sang the national anthem, sung it so well and so proudly.
"These students deserve our attention, they deserve to be a part of Fiji and we need to constantly remind and treat them as such."
Mr Wainiqolo also called on the nation to treat special needs children equally.