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School Focuses on Mental Illness, Child Abuse

Natabua High School (NHS) will advocate on mental ill­ness and how child abuse negatively impacts a child’s ho­listic and progressive develop­ment for this year’s Kula Film and Dance Festival. The
26 Jul 2018 11:00
School Focuses on Mental Illness, Child Abuse
Natabua High School 2018 Kula Film cast. Photo: Peni Komaisavai.

Natabua High School (NHS) will advocate on mental ill­ness and how child abuse negatively impacts a child’s ho­listic and progressive develop­ment for this year’s Kula Film and Dance Festival.

The Kula Film Festival will be held at Damodar City, Laucala Bay, Suva, tomorrow.

NHS Kula Film co-ordinator Navin Nawal Sharma said this was something they strongly felt about as a group.

Mr Sharma said this issue had not been clearly advocated in Fiji.

“The effects and causes of mental illnesses are subjects that have not been clearly discussed or advocated in Fiji and we want to do that with our performance in the upcoming Kula Festival,” he said.

Mr Sharma made these statements during an interview at their school compound in Lautoka yesterday.

“We have a good talented group and we will work hard in not only getting our message across, but more importantly making it heard,” he said.

He said child abuse was not some­thing uncommon in Fiji, but it has been an issue that tended to be swept under the carpet, often ig­nored and at times trivialised.

“Personally I think more should be done in addressing child abuse mental health related issues be­cause they come in various forms and in most cases are not visible on the surface because people tend to hide their emotions and feelings while in public,” Mr Sharma said.

He said their message was just to reassure young Fijians that there were people out there who cared for them.

In terms of preparations, Mr Sharma said there were a lot of hic­cups and distractions during their practice and rehearsal times, given that most of their team were par­ticipating in their school’s various sporting teams.

“So yes that has been a problem for us, but we will do our best dur­ing the Kula Film and Dance Festi­val.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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