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Help for schools

Salaseini Moceiwai
Friday, February 08, 2013

FOURTEEN under-resourced primary schools on Vanua Levu will soon expect major changes in their education system this year, thanks to the Access to Quality Education Program.

The schools, some of which are from the island fo Taveuni and Macuata in Vanua Levu, were identified to be part of the program because they lacked resources and facilities to enhance students' education.

The AusAID-funded program yesterday engaged head teachers, treasurers, managers and mothers' representatives of these schools to educate them on how to utilise the grants proposed for them.

The program's senior school community co-ordinator Jone Naisau said they conducted a survey and found that such schools were in poor conditions.

"First, we conducted a survey on the poor areas in Vanua Levu to identify those students living there and then located the schools they're attending," Mr Naisau said.

"The students attend such schools because it's affordable for them even though it's not well-equipped with learning facilities. Grants will be given to those schools once the management prepares a plan and budget for the necessary items needed."

The grant issued would depend on the location of the schools and the number of students.

Mr Naisau said the five-year program had been given a grant of $93million by the Australian government.

"This workshop will generate ideas to participants on how to go about spending the grant once we approve their budget and plan," he said.

Mr Naisau said the grant could be used to facilitate the school in terms of books, chairs, desks, lunches for students, raincoats and other necessary equipment.

"Apart from these schools, there are other schools in Viti Levu which will also benefit from this program. Once the budget and plans for schools are approved, we will issue them the grant sometime in July," he said.





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