MANY needy children will return to school with smiley faces after they were given stationery packs under Save the Children Fiji's (SC Fiji) education response program
This was made possible by Stand South Pacific (Standss) which gave $5000 worth of stationery packs to SC Fiji's, a free stationery scheme to assist needy children start school this year.
Standss director, Sanjay Singh said children who left school often faced problems such as child labour and some were unable to return to the classrooms.
"We believe it is important for students to stay within the education system especially as research shows that students who leave the system do not resume their studies," said Mr Singh.
SC Fiji chief executive officer, Chandra Shekhar said the organisation was grateful to Standss for its support towards the children.
"There are many children who need school assistance and it is motivating to see such organisations giving towards their needs," Mr Shekhar said.
A mother of three, who was among the many recipients, was overwhelmed when receiving stationery packs for her children.
Lanieta Rokovini, whose husband is out of work, thanked the organisation for being supportive and assisting them in these trying times.
"Today I am here to receive the pack and I'm extremely grateful," she said.