By: Josaia Ralago, Labasa | 27 Apr 2017 11:00 | https://fijisun.com.fj/2017/04/27/teacher-hikes-vanua-levu-to-highlight-child-abuse/
The alarming rate of child abuse in the country has prompted a 26-year-old school teacher to raise awareness in Vanua Levu through a walk around the second largest island in the country.
And it is through this walk that Savneel Sangeet has been able to reach out into rural communities in the Northern Division to advocate on the issue.
The Fiji Sun caught up with Mr Sangeet as he was walking along the Soasoa bend in Labasa earlier this week.
He said the victimisation of children through any form of abuse should be halted.
“We have seen that last year alone there were more than 1000 cases of child abuse in the country and we need to make a stand against this issue,” Mr Sangeet said.
“I began my walk on Saturday morning from Savusavu Town and I slept at Vuinadi Village in Koroalau, Cakaudrove, where I held a discussion on the subject with villagers. I have also done the same in the places where I spend the night in like Naboutini, Saqani, Nubu and Wainikoro.
“I also make stops along the way in villages I pass through and I talk to the village headmen, parents and other members of the community on this subject.”
And he is urging parents and members of the public to take a stand in protecting children instead of exploiting them.
“Parents have to stand up, they have to be more careful towards their children. It is not only the role of parents, but of community members to protect our children.
“A great deal of work is still left, but we all have to play our part in this stance. I would like to thank Foundation for the Education of the Needy Children Fiji for supporting this walk.”
He plans to complete his walk around Vanua Levu by Sunday, May 7.
Mr Sangeet walked around Viti Levu in November last year for the same purpose.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika