Education

PM’s office signs annual $200k education grant for needy students

The Office of the Prime Minister and the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children (FENC) Fiji signed the annual grant agreement to provide education support to Fijian children who face financial difficulties in accessing education. The signing was carried out by the Deputy Secretary at the PM’s Office, Mrs Penina Lalabalavu and the FENC […]

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May 25, 2016 8:25 am

The Office of the Prime Minister and the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children (FENC) Fiji signed the annual grant agreement to provide education support to Fijian children who face financial difficulties in accessing education.

Deputy Secretary at the PM’s Office, Mrs Penina Lalabalavu and the FENC Fiji national coordinator Ms Mere Tikoduadua at the signing of the annual grant agreement in Suva this week. (DEPFTO)
Deputy Secretary at the PM’s Office, Mrs Penina Lalabalavu and the FENC Fiji national coordinator Ms Mere Tikoduadua at the signing of the annual grant agreement in Suva this week. (DEPFTO)

The signing was carried out by the Deputy Secretary at the PM’s Office, Mrs Penina Lalabalavu and the FENC Fiji national coordinator Ms Mere Tikoduadua.

Mrs Lalabalavu said that since 2010, the annual grant of $200,000 has been provided to FENC Fiji for education support, workshops in the three divisions (Western, Northern and Central) and community learning centres.

LALABALAVU: “FENC Fiji works with underprivileged children coming from the poorest families in Fiji. These children are provided education and other assistance to continue their education.”

Ms Tikoduadua said providing community-learning centres is their flagship program and this would now be available in areas in the Nasinu-Nausori corridor.

TIKODUADUA: “It is an afterschool program where we create space conducive to learning. We have identified existing community halls and structures and encourage local cell groups to take ownership by offering services, skills and expertise in molding children.”

Over the years, FENC Fiji has assisted close to 7000 students. Previously, assistance took the form of school books, school bags, sandals, uniforms, exercise and text books and school levies.

After the Government initiative and grants to individual schools, FENC Fiji is providing school books, school bags, school sandals, exercise and stationery (one year supply) and launched the community learning centres Fiji wide.

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