August 29, 2016 8:30 am

Students not to dramatize or role play scenes of suicide

The Education Ministry says school heads are to ensure that students do not dramatize or role play scenes of the actual act of suicide in any awareness work during the National Suicide Prevention Day next month. In a circular to schools around the country, the Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage, and Arts Mr Iowane Tiko said […]

The Education Ministry says school heads are to ensure that students do not dramatize or role play scenes of the actual act of suicide in any awareness work during the National Suicide Prevention Day next month.

Tailevu Secondary School during last years “National Pledge Against Suicide." (sonnyphotos.com)
Tailevu Secondary School during last year’s “National Pledge Against Suicide.” (Sonny Photos)

In a circular to schools around the country, the Permanent Secretary for Education, Heritage, and Arts Mr Iowane Tiko said all schools will have to conduct a half day awareness program on suicide prevention.

TIKO: “Teachers and students can work collaboratively in organising a programme for their school dedicated towards suicide prevention. Students can participate in a diverse range of programmes that promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective preventative activities through oratory, poetry, songs, art and drawing, role play, drama, school based march and also through invitation of a chief guest to address the students. “

The National Suicide Prevention Day falls on Saturday 10th of September 2016.

He stressed that school heads are to ensure that students do not dramatize or role play suicide scenes.

TIKO: “School heads are reminded that students should not dramatize or role play scenes of the actual act of suicide as potential harm can be made on the minds of the young people as they grow up.”

He said the ministry continues to have a great concern for young people who are taking their lives prematurely and every effort should be taken to prevent the problem.

TIKO: “The focus of the activities in school is for students to understand that everyone go through problems and stress in life but they are to be encouraged to connect with someone and communicate their problems as there are people who care and can help.”

The theme for 2016 is “Connect, Communicate and Care” and the Ministry of Health will launch the program in Labasa.