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Students Enlightened On Plastic Pollution

Students Enlightened On Plastic Pollution
Fiji National University Department of Fisheries students Mateo Saladrau (left) and Tomasi Dokoisuva explain the effects of plastic pollution to Nasinu Secondary school students during FNU open day at Nasinu Campus on July 19, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
July 20
11:00 2018

Mateo Saladrau made the most of his opportunity to educate secondary school students on the harmful effects of plastic pollution during the Fiji National University Open Day in Nasinu, yesterday.

The third year FNU fisher­ies student believes that it is about time to educate every­one in regard to plastic pol­lution.

Mr Saladrau informed stu­dents and teachers of the dangers of throwing plastic in the ocean.

“There is a lot of pollution in our ocean and it is time to protect the ocean by not pol­luting it,” Mr Saladrau said.

“We need to start telling people the consequences of throwing plastic in the ocean.

“Most of us depend on the ocean for our livelihood and I am glad I have the oppor­tunity to tell students that this is really happening and we all have to join hands to protect our ocean.”

Mr Saladrau and his team also displayed the impor­tant innovative materials that could be made out of plastics and how it could be put into good use.

Nasinu Secondary School student, Elenoa Biutiviti said she learned new things during the open day.

“I am glad that I attended this event, I will now go home and tell my fam­ily what I have learned and hope that everyone works together to minimise or to eradicate the throwing of plastics or any other rub­bish in our ocean,” Elenoa said.

Secondary school students gathered at the open day event to take advantage of the many displays and edu­cational awareness presen­tations provided for them.

LDS College student, An­tonio Kumuiwalu said: “I am a Year Seven student and coming to my first FNU Open Day is an eye opener.

“I am glad that I came so that I can see what courses I would like to take in the future.”

Kumuiwalu said that as a young person he believed that such events gave young people the opportunity to work towards their dream job.

Ballantine Memorial School Year 13 student, Ale­na Batinibuli, 19, said it was her second time to be at the FNU Open Day.

This time she was able to talk to the lecturers and students in regard to the courses she hoped to take next year.

“This open day gives me an opportunity to get to know more about the courses and the requirements,” Alena said.

“I plan to come to FNU next year. FNU gives oppor­tunities to students.”

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu

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