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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.

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