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Boot Camp Bans Tech Devices

More than 60 students are staying focused and re­flecting on their purpose in life at an annual boot camp which began in 2006. The high school and secondary students are
29 Nov 2018 11:00
Boot Camp Bans Tech Devices
Fiji Sevashram Sangha Swami Sanyuktanand (middle) with the students and volunters during the student camp at Ram Leela Temple in Bulileka, Labasa on November 26,2018. Photo:Shratika Naidu

More than 60 students are staying focused and re­flecting on their purpose in life at an annual boot camp which began in 2006.

The high school and secondary students are at a week-long Fiji Sevashram Sangha student camp at Bulileka Ram Leela Temple in Labasa. It ends on Saturday.

The camp aims to discipline stu­dents through various means and has also banned the use technologi­cal gadgets such as mobile phones, so that students get the maximum engagement.

Fiji Sevashram Sangha’s Swami Sanyuktanand said: “I have teach­ers complaining to me about gone are the days where students show them respect.

“Some parents also complain to me about their children misbehav­ing, not studying, causing prob­lems and too much into mobile phones.

“During this camp we conduct cultural, religious and defence courses, which are all educational.

“While doing this we inculcate moral values and teach partici­pants to be disciplined.

“Not always can we teach our children to behave by using corpo­ral punishment.

“We have seen positive results where parents return to us thank­ing us for transforming their child.

“We are still open and encourage more parents to send their chil­dren because on the last day we will hand out certificates.

“The course is free of charge and meals are provided and if any stu­dent wishes to camp with us, they can do so.”

The camp teaches students the art of yoga for health purposes, Lathi khela (a type of martial arts using sticks) for defence and basic cultural and traditional protocol.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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