Water safety lessons, being alert can prevent tragedies
Tragedies involving children in water-related accidents serve as a grim reminder of the importance of ensuring their safety during family outings and picnics.
In light of a recent incident where a six-year-old child drowned during a picnic outing, it is essential to address the roles of parents, schools, and community leaders in safeguarding our children.
Today we highlight the need for parental vigilance, the inclusion of swimming classes in schools, and urge community leaders to initiate water safety lessons during school breaks and weekends.
Parents and guardians bear the primary responsibility for ensuring the safety of their children, especially in environments where water is involved.
Vigilance and constant supervision are paramount when children are near deep water, whether it be a picnic near a river or an outing to an island.
In recent times, there have been cases where toddlers have drowned in a bucket of water or in bathtubs due to the absence of supervision.
Parents should remain alert, establish clear boundaries, and educate their children about the potential dangers of water.
By actively participating in their child’s experiences, parents can mitigate risks and create a safe environment for their children to enjoy outings while minimising the chances of tragic incidents.
Schools on the other hand play a crucial role in equipping children with essential life skills, and swimming should be implemented in all schools in Fiji.
By incorporating swimming classes, schools not only provide children with the opportunity to learn how to swim, but also impart vital knowledge about water safety.
Swimming lessons can instill confidence, develop physical fitness, and raise awareness about potential hazards in water environments.
Schools should consider collaborating with certified swimming instructors and local swimming clubs to ensure comprehensive and effective swimming programmes.
Additionally, community leaders possess the influence and ability to drive positive change within society.
By taking the initiative to organise water safety lessons during school breaks or weekends, they can reinforce the importance of swimming and water safety outside the school setting.
Community leaders should partner with local swimming clubs, educational institutions, and relevant authorities to create accessible and engaging programmes.
By collectively embracing these responsibilities, parents, schools, and community leaders can ensure that our children have the necessary knowledge and skills to enjoy water-related activities safely.
It is only through these concerted efforts can we prevent future tragedies and safeguard the well-being of our young ones.