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Early childhood centres increase

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

RESPONDING to requests from two Western Division communities, Save the Children Fiji has begun facilitating early childhood education centres at Korobebe, Ba, and Navilawa, Ra.

SCF Vuli Taumada Shishak Project manager Barabara Ratabacaca explained how the non-government organisation came to the assistance of the two rural communities.

"After we were approached by the communities, we performed a community needs assessment," she said. "Various factors like population size, number of children, demography, history of the community and access to essential services are looked at to fit the scope of the project."

Ms Ratabacaca added that SCF's commitment to facilitating early childhood education centres around the country was a means of ensuring that disadvantaged communities had access to education and children had a means of transition to primary school.

Navilawa centre manager and community education committee member Iliesa Tiqe said getting support for the centre from SCF was a positive move.

"We have a lot of children in our community which is why it is very important to have an ECE centre," he said.

With the establishment of the Korobebe and Navilawa centres, SCF now supports 10 early childhood education centres in the Western Division.

SCF's Vuli Taumada Shishak Project is located in economically disadvantaged communities in the country's three divisions — Central, Western and Northern.