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School bounces back

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, February 16, 2014

THE only primary school that educates hundreds of children from villages in the Nacula region — Ratu Meli Memorial School in the Yasawas — can be considered as one of the main education centres in the island group.

The school suffered devastating damages to its facilities during 2012 Tropical Cyclone Evan when four classrooms and a hostel were completely destroyed.

However, the school is now back to its former glory with a much more upgraded facility with solar panels and a new $65,000 school hall.

Headmaster Sekope Vulaono said the school had received overwhelming help since disaster struck in 2012.

"We've received help from organisations like Global Vision International, Vinaka Fiji, the European Union and the government," he said.

"Our new school hall was something that we desperately needed because after the cyclone many of the children were having classes in a building that had no roof."

Mr Vulaono said they were also able to construct a much better hostel to house 128 students.

"Apart from the school hall, our hostel was badly damaged too and we're grateful to the Ministry of Education for stepping in and allowing us to rebuild a hostel at a cost of about $35,000."

Mr Vulaono said the school was now looking to improved other facilities that needed upgrading.

"We're building a walkway and another toilet facility that is handicapped-friendly.

"We also just completed a compost toilet which again was given to us with the assistance of donors."

Mr Vulaono said the school would continue to play a major part in educating children from Nacula and nearby islands.

"With the support of our turaga na tui Drola, community members, donors and the authorities, we will be able to offer the best education for our children."








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