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Australia gives $6m for education in Fiji

Temporary learning spaces, education materials, water and sanitation, school meals and counselling for children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston are the priorities for FJD 6 million (AUD 4 million) of Australia’s FJD 23 million (AUD 15 million) humanitarian assistance package. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said this during a visit to Penang Sangam Primary School […]

Australian Government

March 16, 2016 9:38 am

Temporary learning spaces, education materials, water and sanitation, school meals and counselling for children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston are the priorities for FJD 6 million (AUD 4 million) of Australia’s FJD 23 million (AUD 15 million) humanitarian assistance package.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said this during a visit to Penang Sangam Primary School in Rakiraki, where she was accompanied by Minister for Education, the Hon Mahendra Reddy yesterday.

I am very pleased to announce that Australia will be supporting the Fijian Government to assist children to return to school as quickly and safely as possible

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop surveys a cyclone damaged classroom at Penang Sangam Primary School in Rakiraki. 16 out of 22 classrooms at Penang Sangam were damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston. Source: Australia in Fiji/Facebook.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the assistance will be delivered through UNICEF Pacific and Save the Children. Australia’s Access to Quality Education Program will also provide support to cover all affected schools.

Minister Bishop commended the efforts of the Fijian Government and Minister Reddy to reopen schools as quickly as possible following the cyclone.

She also acknowledged the commitment of the staff, students and community of Penang Sangam Primary School, saying this was just one of many examples of the resilience of the Fijian people that she had seen through her visit.

I wish you all the best in your ongoing efforts to restore your school and I trust that Australia’s contribution will go some way to assisting with that effort

During the visit, Minister Bishop and Minister Reddy handed over materials to the school including two 50-person classroom tents, 10 “school in a box” kits containing teaching materials and 400 student backpacks containing stationery.

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