Sanatan Dharam Primary School students during a yoga session yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA
NO student will be forced to participate in yoga exercises although it will soon be part of the school curriculum in primary and secondary schools around Fiji.
Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy, at the International Day of Yoga celebrations in Nausori yesterday, announced that yoga would be implemented in all schools across the nation.
"It is a beginning of a new era in education, an era that we are trying to develop to contribute towards character building, towards securing a physically and mentally stable fitter Fiji.
"It won't be compulsory, but we as educators would want to provide a bundle of choice, a bundle of opportunity to our children," Dr Reddy said.
"The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts have taken on the enterprise to implement this program in schools around the country via our physical education program as all schools are required to allocate time for students to participate in physical education. Within physical education, we can have various sports and what we intend to do is to start the period, whether it is a half day or a day, with at least half an hour devoted to yoga."
Dr Reddy said the practice of yoga would develop the students' physical and mental health.
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