Students learn water safety

Swimming instructors help children during their 'Let's swim program at the Suva Olympic Pool yesterday. Picture: PAULINI RATULAILAI

Swimming instructors help children during their 'Let's swim program at the Suva Olympic Pool yesterday. Picture: PAULINI RATULAILAI

MORE than 200 students of Holy Trinity School celebrated International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in Suva yesterday.

Coordinator Trisa Cheer-Dunn said the program was to educate students on water safety with the aim to reduce the drowning rate in Fiji.

“Let’s Swim development officers organised different water activities for the school children in their program on water safety with the aim to reduce drowning rate,” Cheer-Dunn said.

“It is also about celebrating the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace and understanding.”

Cheer-Dunn said the day marked the annual celebration by the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) Let’s Swim program that is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in partnership with Swimming Australia, Oceania Swimming Association, Education Ministry, Youth and Sports Ministry and Fiji Swimming.

She said April 6 was declared the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2013, and had been celebrated each year since 2014.