AS many as 51 students from 12 schools in Lautoka are spreading peace and goodwill in the community.
The project, an initiative of NGO Live and Learn's environmental education, involves students spending two days beautifying Lautoka Hospital's children's ward. They also painted the veranda and tables and helped with the installation of a peace garden.
Live and Learn project co-ordinator Emma Christopher said the students identified a wish for a clean and beautiful environment and expressed their desire to contribute to the community.
"In support of their expressed wishes, the teachers of the Live and Learn cluster schools have proposed an initiative to create a dream world for the children who are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital," she said.
"This is through the creation of a peace garden and a happy colourful corner decorated with peace designs that can serve as motivation and inspiration to the children and the families that occupy the children's ward."
Ms Christopher said the initiative was an outcome of the school cluster workshops held last year under the European Union-funded project "Strengthening the participation of children in peace-building in small island nations with a high prevalence to violence, ethnic discrimination and tribal conflict".
She said the action aimed to provide a platform for children to take affirmative action.