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Call to help island school

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, February 08, 2014

THE newly established Navutua Infant School on Nacula Island in the Yasawa Group has provided much-needed education for children in the village.

However, the school which houses about 20 children from the village is facing a problem.

The school's water tank is close to falling off its stilts because of continuous landslides.

It now poses a danger to the school and students.

School committee manager Ratu Peniasi Vu said the water source needed a barrier to stop the landslides.

"The water tank is the only source of water for the school and if it were to be destroyed it will be difficult for the school to get water up to the students," he said.

Committee chairman Petero Nadriva said the school also needed electricity.

"We have computers but they can't be used because we don't have proper electricity supply," he said.

"The best way to get electricity in the village is with solar panels.

"We have a generator but we hardly use it because diesel is too expensive to buy."

The school caters for Year 1 to 3 before continuing their primary education at Ratu Meli Primary School, located in a neighbouring village.

The school was opened by the Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal in October last year.