Ministry receives desks, chairs for schools

AUSTRALIAN High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey yesterday handed over 6150 desks and 3600 chairs to the Ministry of Education to assist schools that were affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Ms Twomey presented the furniture to Education Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy on behalf of the New South Wales Department of Education.

NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards worker Geoff Caroll, who has links to Rotuma, initiated the assistance and the Australian Government assisted with the shipping costs.

“BOSTES is happy to have been in a position to be of assistance to the schools of Fiji affected by cyclone Winston.,” Mr Caroll said.

“It has been great working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and their contractor HK Logistics in making the donation possible.”

Ms Twomey thanked the board for its contribution and said Australia was committed to education in Fiji and its long-term recovery.

Mr Reddy said the furniture would be distributed to schools in need to provide an ideal learning environment for children. “Cyclone Winston had severely damaged this learning environment and we are thankful to NSW Department of Education for this kind gesture,” Mr Reddy said.

“Ensuring our children are not deprived of access to quality education is our foremost priority and thus we salute this assistance from the people of Australia.”

Australia’s total package of assistance to Fiji after Severe TC Winston now stands at $53million.

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