Holistic approach needed to combat drug issues

May 30, 2024 12:30 pm

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As Fiji grapples with the ongoing challenges posed by the War on Drugs, educators and students are calling for a comprehensive and collaborative response to the problem.

During the Ratu Sukuna Education and Culture Symposium today, Ilisapeci Halofaki, a teacher at Ratu Kadavulevu School stressed the critical need for a holistic strategy to effectively combat drug-related issues.

Halofaki emphasized the urgency of immediate and collective action, pointing out that Fiji’s status as a developing country makes it crucial to tackle the drug problem with a strategy involving all sectors of society.

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She stresses that the time to collaborate is now, warning that any delay could exacerbate the situation.

“My response is the battle is here, “Nai Valu sa tuqo”. What I mean is that, I means drugs is here, gendre violence is here. The solution is not speaking, sitting and speaking, the solution is to act now.”

Adding to the discussion, Andrew Suku, a Marist Brothers High School student highlighted the necessity for alignment between parents and teachers to effectively address issues affecting students.

Suku says a unified front is crucial for tackling the root causes of issues among the youth.

The symposium, held as part of the Ratu Sukuna Day celebrations, provided a platform for students and educators to voice their concerns and propose solutions.

The Ratu Sukuna Day celebration continues in schools today with additional opportunities for dialogue and collaboration tomorrow.