A group of Creative Arts students from the Fiji National University (FNU) recently partnered with the Youths for Integrity Fiji and Transparency Fiji in a cleanup exercise at Mount Korobaba, a popular hiking site outside Suva.
The team from the College of Humanities and Education was led by Jerry Wong, acting Associate Dean TVET-CHE/Senior Lecturer at the University’s Department of Creative Arts.
“This project was part of the efforts by our students in giving back to the community. We had noticed that a lot of littering had taken place at the Mount Korobaba and we wanted to assist the landowners to maintain cleanliness at the iconic tourist site,” said Wong.
Student Timoci Rokotuinasau mentioned that apart from cleaning the rubbish from Korobaba, the students were able to learn essential photography skills in a natural environment setting which was part of their course Introduction to Digital Photography.
“The spectacular landscapes from the mountain top including the wide view of the city of Suva was breathtaking. It was a great adventure for us,” said Rokotuinasau.
His colleague, a Certificate IV in Graphic Design student Ravikrant Prasad shared similar sentiments. “It was such a delightful day and I encourage others to help keep the environment clean. Please do not litter.”
Shagufa Naz, also a Certificate IV in Graphic Design student said the team collected a lot of plastic materials during the cleanup activity. She has urged Fijian citizens to help preserve the environment.
“I humbly request the public to help keep Mount Korobaba clean and beautiful for the hikers that are next in line. Remember that you can make a difference,” said Naz.