In recognition of their potentials, about 20 students are attending a two-day workshop in Labasa to strengthen their participation in development.
Facilitated by the Live and Learn Environmental Education, the journalist forum is aimed at creating an advanced profile to the central role of children in the pursuit of peace, including children's roles in public education through media and formal education.
Formal education program co-ordinator Makelesi Batimala said the three-year project aimed to benefit more than 25,000 children under the age of 16 and to establish a large-scale network of 1800 schools and 2000 teachers in Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
"The EU-funded project has engaged 182 primary schools nationwide.
"The activities that have been concluded in 2012 and 2013 include the professional development training conducted with teachers and 11 school cluster workshops held with 177 teachers and 354 student representatives," she said.
"Children's role in society and their participation in development, especially on matters that concern them, are usually undermined."
The workshop is to raise their participation level to where they not only freely express themselves in but also have an influence on a decision that brings about change.
The involvement of the media is integral in facilitating and supporting children in expressing their views and advocating their contributions towards developmental issues and decision-making processes.