August 20, 2016 9:00 am

19 schools affected by TC Winston to be rebuilt by Australia

The Australian Government will rebuild twelve schools in Ra and seven schools on Koro Island as a part of its commitment to Fiji’s recovery and reconstruction following after Tropical Cyclone Winston. The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells highlighted this while visiting Vatukacevaceva Village School with the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr […]

The Australian Government will rebuild twelve schools in Ra and seven schools on Koro Island as a part of its commitment to Fiji’s recovery and reconstruction following after Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells with Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy at Vatukacevaceva Village School this morning. (AHC)
Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells with Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy at Vatukacevaceva Village School yesterday. (AHC)

The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells highlighted this while visiting Vatukacevaceva Village School with the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy yesterday.

The school has a roll of 104 students and is located outside of Rakiraki Town in Ra Province and will be one of the schools that will be rebuilt by the Australian Government.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said she was pleased to provide students with a conducive learning environment.

FIERRAVANTI-WELLS: “I am pleased to announced that we will be rebuilding 12 schools in Ra, one of the worst hit provinces in the country. This beautiful school which we are standing in here today, was so heavely damaged by Cyclone Winston is one of the schools we will rehabilitate and restore.”

“I am also very honoured to announce today that the Australian Government is committed to rehabilitate Koro High School and several primary schools on Koro to enable children to return to a normal school and to have a safe learning enviroment as soon as possible.”

She acknowledged the Fiji Government for reviving schools expeditiously taking after Tropical Cyclone Winston and prioritising school recognised and she also recognised the strength of the staff, understudies and guardians of Vatukacevaceva Village School.

FIERRAVANTI-WELLS: “Rebuilding schools is very important of rebuilding high life and it brings stability to the community. I am proud that Australian was one of the first country to assist Fiji in Winston aftermath because that was good friend and neighbour do, we help each other in times of need.”

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said the Australian Government will work closely with the Fiji Government to ensure that structures are disability-inclusive and resilient to future disasters and that all rebuilding work will be implemented through the Australian Government’s Access to Quality Education Program (AQEP).

Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Fiji’s Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Reddy on a tour at Vatukacevaceva Village School. (AHC)
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Education minister Dr Mahendra Reddy on a tour at Vatukacevaceva Village School. (AHC)

Minster Reddy expressed gratitude towards Australia for its backing and noticed the significance of modifying our schools to give a legitimate learning environment to the children of Fiji.

REDDY: “On behalf of the Fiji Government, I thank the Prime Minister of Australia and the people of Australia for being with us following the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston and assisting us for relief and rehabilitation. The Fijian people will always remember this.”

The Head Teacher of Vatukacevaceva Village School Epeli Soqonakavika echoed similar sentiments.

SOQANAKAVIKA: “We are very fortunate to be one of the schools assisted by the Australian Government through AQEP. The teachers and students have been facing a lot of difficulties since Tropical Cyclone Winston. We are looking forward to the day when our school returns to normal.”