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Volunteers raise awareness

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, January 18, 2014

PROJECTS Abroad Fiji, with the help of international volunteers, has been instrumental in raising awareness of the plight of sharks among a group of Nadi schoolchildren.

Projects Abroad deputy director Prashneel Goundar said about 80 children of Saunaka Village were responsive to the five-week education program designed to educate the young minds on the importance of shark conservation.

"We were overwhelmed by the response from the children and we're grateful to their parents for allowing their children to be part of Projects Abroad Fiji's campaign," he said.

Volunteers from Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong and Denmark were on hand to congratulate the students as they graduated from the five-week program on Thursday.

Lauren Bezzano of Hong Kong said the children were eager to learn about the sharks.

"Holiday school is beneficial because it keeps the kids occupied during the holidays," she said.

"They have fun learning about important things such as road safety and moral values."

Fellow volunteer Michel Mooring of the Netherlands said it was great to see children interested in learning despite being on a break from school.

"It is really good to see the children interested in attending classes during the holidays," he said.

"They eagerly participated in holiday school and it would be great to see this initiative in other villages in Fiji."

Project manager Karishma Nandan said the program united the students.

"This program is one of the many ways Projects Abroad helps children of all ages to broaden their horizons," said Ms Nandan.

"Through our international volunteers the children are exposed to many career paths and choices and are inspired to aim for a bigger and better future."