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Australia announces $1.6million package to repair 26 schools

Twenty-six schools in the Northern and Western Division will be receiving the $1.6 million package assistance through the Australian-funded Access to Quality Program (AQEP). Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey, joined Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy in the announcement of the $1.6million package to affected schools earlier this morning. Margaret Twomey said that […]

Staff Writers

April 1, 2016 12:45 pm

Twenty-six schools in the Northern and Western Division will be receiving the $1.6 million package assistance through the Australian-funded Access to Quality Program (AQEP).

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey, joined Minister for Education Hon. Mahendra Reddy in the announcement of the $1.6million package to affected schools earlier this morning.

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Hon. Minister Mahendra Reddy with Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey who made the announcement of the Australian government adopting 26 schools in Fiji. (Australian High Commission in Fiji)

Margaret Twomey said that in respond to the Prime Minister Bainimarama’s call to Adopt a School program, the Australian government is adopting twenty-six schools.

I’m pleased to announce that Australia is responding to the Prime Ministers call and will adopt twenty-six affected schools.

We are going to do this by committing $1.6 million through our existing Access to Quality Education Program (AQEP).

Through the AQEP, Australia will restore and repair damaged facilities and fund the delivery of literacy and numeracy kits to twenty schools in Ra, Cakaudrove and Lautoka areas.

Teachers, students and communities have shown great resilience in restoring their schools and doing their best to get back to learning. It’s a pleasure to extend Australia’s ongoing support for education in Fiji, and to contribute to their efforts through repairs to these 26 schools.

Minister Dr. Reddy said that the Education sector had a received a total damage of $58 million excluding the Fiji National University properties in Ba and Raiwai, that received damages estimated to be around $4 million.

Our children and members of the community will be forever indebted to the Australian Government for this timely assistance.

Please extend our heartfelt thanks to your Prime Minister and the people of Australia for enhancing our educational infrastructure.

Twomey added that the Australian government along with the Ministry of Education is wanting schools to return to normal operation as soon as possible.

That’s because access to quality education is essential to helping our children recovery and thrive.

The Australian High Commissioner said that this support is in addition to the Australian Government’s $23 million in humanitarian assistance following Tropical Cyclone Winston and the ongoing work of Australian Defence Force (ADF) engineers.

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