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Program hailed a success

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, January 12, 2013

THE Vuli Taumada Sishak program has been hailed a success as it continues to create sustainable education at 16 kindergartens in the Northern Division.

Save the Children Fiji chief executive officer Chandra Shekhar said the program, initiated in the year 2000, strove to provide income-generating projects for kindergartens to assist parents in providing proper preschooling education for their children.

Mr Chand said the program was previously known as the Mobile School Project and it came a long way from its humble beginnings to be a major success in rural areas where the project was welcomed by parents.

"This was a platform that Save the Children Fund identified as a way of enabling all children to have access to proper preschooling education," he said.

"There are plans to have 52 VTS projects up and running by the end of this year and so far we have 42 kindergartens fully functioning as a result of the project and we are setting our eyes in setting up 10 more.

"We have 16 VTS-run kindergartens in Vanua Levu and the support and the input from parents in the kindergartens have been overwhelming," he said.

Mr Shekhar said the project was exceptionally successful in the north.

Save the Children Fiji recognises the importance of preschool as the foundation of every child's education career and it is critical that parents ensure their young ones attend kindergarten.