Villagers of Navisabasaba in Nadroga are concerned about the high number of youths and children who are wandering in the village as they do not want to complete their education.
Village Headman Emoni Narawa says one contributing factor is the long delay in the resumption of school because of COVID and now some children are not thinking about returning to school.
Narawa says they are also concerned that most of these children are not listening to their parents.
He adds children who have left school are now trying to influence other children to leave school.
The Village Headman says they are fortunate that some short courses offered by the Fiji National University were conducted in the village.
He adds these short courses will benefit children in shaping a brighter future.
He says the village committee is not giving up on them as they are looking at other means of educating youths and children such as short courses and they are thankful to the Ministry of Youth and Sports who have been working closely with them.
Narawa says 95 percent of the villagers above the age of 18 years are fully vaccinated while the ones who are left are those that had some mild fever during their first jab. He adds the village committee continues to visit these villagers, giving them advice on the importance of taking their second jab and booster shots.
The Village Headman says they continue to follow COVID safe protocols in the village and anyone with COVID symptoms is isolated or taken to the hospital for checking.
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