$600k project to improve reading and increase general knowledge

THE FIJI Water Foundation is playing a critical role in an ambitious $600,000 project which aims to improve reading and increase general knowledge in 736 primary schools across the country.

In partnership with the Education Ministry, Australian Direct Aid and Scholastic Inc, the foundation is distributing books as part of Vision Fiji’s Read to Lead program.

This week, Assistant Education Minister Joseph Nitya Nand received books from the foundation at Kavanagasau Sanatan Dharm School in the Sigatoka Valley.

He said the books would be distributed to another 116 primary schools, bringing the total number of schools that have benefitted to 708 so far.

“I sincerely acknowledge the FIJI Water Foundation, Australian Direct Aid and Scholastic Inc for understanding the need to enhance and support literacy development in Fiji,” said Mr Nand.

Vision Fiji chairwoman Gazala Akbar said the aim to reach 736 primary schools across the country by the end of the next phase was on track.

“We are grateful for FIJI Water Foundation’s five-year partnership of $600,000, which allows us to spread the benefits of the Read to Lead project far and wide,” she said.

Foundation manager Marie Smith urged parents, students and teachers to fully utilise the valuable resource.

“This will encourage a healthy habit of reading, particularly general knowledge, science, geography and even fiction,” said Ms Smith.

The Ministry of Education is now working to incorporate the Read to Lead resources on its Fiji Education Management Information System (FEMIS) to allow broader access as well as audio recordings developed by the School Broadcasting Unit.

Launched in 2007, the FIJI Water Foundation is a charitable trust funded and supported by the owners, employees and corporate affiliates of FIJI Water.

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