The WASH in Schools team from Live & Learn Fiji shared school hygiene resources and lead out in a hand-washing demonstration at the 2017 Fiji Special and Inclusive Education National Games on Friday 3 November. A total of 900 students from 20 schools from all over Fiji competed in the three-day event at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.
National president for the Fiji Council of Special and Inclusive Education officer Maria Tukana said: “This is an annual event and we plan to encourage and empower our children with special needs.” The two-day sporting event had the theme ‘Believing in our Stars.’ The athletes participated in three categories: Paralympics, Specialolympics and Deatlympics. Chief guest Praveen Kumar Bala congratulated the winners for their achievements and thanked all participants for giving their best for their respective schools. He said the national games for people with disabilities had produced a lot of national representatives for the Paralympics, Special Olympics and as well as the Deaf Olympics.”
Live & Learn Fiji provided kits of hand-washing and hygiene materials to each of the participating schools, and led out in promotion and advocacy for good hygiene practice in schools throughout the event. Further support was provided by Colgate Palmolive Fiji, who donated liquid soap to be included in the kits given to the schools.
This activity is part of Live & Learn’s WASH in Schools program, which is working with 16 schools in Fiji to improve hygiene and sanitation in schools. Live & Learn Fiji is also working on WASH in Schools activities with three schools for children with disabilities in Suva. The WASH in Schools program is funded by the Australian government through the Civil Society WASH Fund.