FIJI POLICE FORCE
P.O. Box 239, Suva, Fiji.
Telephone: 3348107 Fax: 3348104 Mobile: 9905743/9905999
6th May 2017
Empowering youths for a safe and secure Fiji is the theme of a weeklong camp organized by the Fiji Police Force Community Policing team from the Nasinu Policing district.
In line with the Bluelight concept of empowering youths, the camp which was held at the Assemblies of God High School in Kinoya was focused on Education Development Growth Empowerment.
Nasinu Community Policing Cluster Chief Corporal Sevu Waqa said the aim of bringing the 25 students together is to teach them the importance of discipline and education and how the two work hand in hand in determining their future.
“A lot of youths who are involved in criminal activities today are doing so because there are personal factors that have led to them leading a life of crime, which is unfortunate”.
“However if we give them an avenue where they are able to express themselves freely we can learn so much about the issues they’re facing whether it be in the home or school environment and show them ways to overcome their problems”.
The students are from schools in the Central and Southern division.
Cprl Waqa said the activities were designed in a way that students had to interact with both the facilitators and their peers.
“Some of the students have opened up saying things like getting to school late in the morning because of personal issues at home affects them in their ability to focus on their education”.
“As parents these are things we may take for granted because being a few minutes late to school may be insignificant to us, but to them it’s a big deal and if we allow these things to fester then it becomes a bigger problem and that’s what we are trying to avoid”.
In line with the Duavata approach of working with other stakeholders on crime prevention a team from the National Substance Abuse Advisory Council also spoke to the students.
Meanwhile 19 year old Sikeli Racolo said he was grateful at the opportunity to be part of the camp.
“I didn’t realize how much having the right attitude can impact my life because when your judgment is clouded by so much negativity then I am not able to focus on what’s important and right now my immediate focus is on my education”.
Similar sentiments were echoed by 19 year old Iliesa Vakaruru who said he hopes to be a positive influence to his peers.
“I really want to share what I’ve learned and the need to live a disciplined life if I am to go far in life and be a success in everything I do, and when I go back to school next week, I will definitely share my experiences at this camp”.
The camp is being held in partnership with AUSaid and UNICEF.