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Repeka Nasiko
Monday, August 04, 2014

A NEW program developed by Rise Beyond the Reef will soon see students learning more about their environment and the impact of climate change.

Executive director Janet Lotawa said the NGO signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education to introduce the Ridge to Reef Environmental program in two schools in the Western Division.

"We are building a Ridge to Reef Environmental program where our ridge site is the Nalotawa District School and the Rreef site will be at Naidiri Bay Khalsa School in Sigatoka which has a really rich bay," she said.

"The Ministry of Education talked to us and they said they wanted the school to be an education site about reefs and the ocean for these children and also for other students from other schools. The goal is to get students within Fiji to incorporate these program into their schools."

She said the two schools would visit the different sites to learn more about climate change.

"Right now some students go on school trips around Viti Levu and some of them are going to Denarau or Naisoso but they don't get that opportunity to learn in their own environment.

"If they are from the mountain they never get to go to the sea and if they're from the sea, they never get to go to the mountains and all of this discussion about climate change this is one of the things that they need to be doing.

"When we did our baseline survey of Yakete, Ba, not a single person talked about climate change and yet these are people who are affected by it.

"There was a village within this district that was destroyed by landslide about two years and people were buried and they died in their homes and it raises the question, 'why aren't communities seeing this as a problem'?"

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