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Fire safety in school

Ioane Burese
Saturday, February 09, 2013

THE government through the National Fire Authority will strengthen efforts to change community attitudes and boost fire safety awareness.

A government statement said a significant fire safety initiative was launched yesterday by the Minister for Local Government, Colonel Samuela Saumatua, and acting Education Minister Commander Viliame Naupoto.

Col. Saumatua highlighted the initiative was possible through the combined efforts of the NFA, the Education Ministry and UNICEF.

"We witness a milestone achievement for our nation with the introduction of an enhanced fire safety teaching approach for our children at primary school level," he said.

Col. Saumatua affirmed the strategy to change the culture and mindset towards fire safety would lead to the prevention of property fires and deaths caused by fires.

The Education Ministry, in partnership with the NFA, developed the fire safety curriculum which would be piloted in 50 primary schools before national implementation next year.

The Student's Fire Safety Activity Book for classes five and six was handed to Commander Naupoto.

"We assure you we will provide the right leadership for the implementation of this and it is an effort that will be utilised well by the Ministry of Education," he assured Col. Saumatua.

UNICEF provided $40,000 to develop the fire safety initiative.

UNICEF representative Simon Molendijk said the launc and development of the initiative was an opportunity for students.