ABOUT 500 students from the West were among the 1700 students who benefited from Save the Children Fiji's educational assistance program yesterday.
Communications and fundraising co-ordinator David Whippy said the children received stationery packs tailored to their year level.
"The free education assistance allocated in the recent government budget is a large aid for families in Fiji," he said.
"We at Save the Children Fiji commend the government for its continual commitment to education and we have proven this commitment for more than 23 years through our educational assistance program, which supports our underlying mission of making immediate and lasting change for children in Fiji."
Mr Whippy said the organisation's community project "Vuli Taumada Shishak" would come to an end in December.
"One of the main benefits of the project has been its ability to engage the entire community. Also, one of the benefits of this has been the development of effective community engagement and this has allowed for the link between participation in education and a healthy lifestyle and diet."
He said the organisation believed a child's readiness for school was as much about their health and diet as it was about literacy and numeracy.