Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 8:32 PM on Sunday 31 August

/ Front page / News

New school building brings hope to villagers

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, April 12, 2014

WHIPPED by Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012, Bukama villagers are relieved with the completion of a new concrete school block.

"If a cyclone strikes Bukama again, we now have a safer place to go to," said headman Pita Tui.

The $172, 000 facility was built by military engineers and replaces the one destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Evan.

"In past years evacuation centres have always been a problem," Mr Tui said.

"This new classroom will assist us as it will be our shelter during cyclones or other disasters."

The school has a roll of 75 and caters for children from Bukama and other neighbouring villages on Yasawa Island.

Headteacher Loisi Tunalawa said the assistance would boost the children's education.

"We are so thankful that the PM came to visit, a timely one of course," Mrs Tunalawa said.

"This is the first of its kind for us here in the village. These students have never witnessed learning in such a comfortable environment.

"These students will of course love their new study environment and we are so grateful for all the assistance rendered to us by the government and other donors."

The Prime Minister also opened a new $139,000 school block at Yasawa High School which replaces the one destroyed by Cyclone Evan. It will benefit 131 students from 11 villages.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. No free plane rides
  2. No names
  3. One down
  4. Overjoyed king forgets crown
  5. Shaista scoops title
  6. UN receives assurances on troop's wellbeing
  7. Unconfirmed location concerns Fiji military
  8. Crisis centre for soldiers' families
  9. Designers showcase resort wear
  10. League members told to strengthen spirituality

Top Stories this Week

  1. Shocking discovery Tuesday (26 Aug)
  2. Numbers list stays Monday (25 Aug)
  3. Van Gaal unhappy Wednesday (27 Aug)
  4. Unacceptable Tuesday (26 Aug)
  5. Commander confirms captured soldiers 'safe' Friday (29 Aug)
  6. Woman of faith Monday (25 Aug)
  7. Police act Wednesday (27 Aug)
  8. Man wants death probe Monday (25 Aug)
  9. Unhappy Fijians Tuesday (26 Aug)
  10. Show of support Thursday (28 Aug)