New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
Dreams come true for Nalotawa students
It was a big boost in terms of good education and proper sleeping conditions for the students of Nalotawa District School when they were donated bunks and bedding for the school dormitories.
New Zealand High Commission in Suva under its small grants scheme donated 20 new wooden bunks, 40 mattresses and bedding material for the school dormitories.
Acting Head of Mission, Mr Phillip Taula travelled to the remote school in the interior highlands of Ba to officially present the bedding to the needy students.
Speaking at the school Mr Taula said that the High Commission was very pleased to make a donation to Nalotawa District School
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those involved for their commitment to providing a good education for the children in the Yakete district and the efforts to provide the children boarding at the school with a healthy environment to live in,” said Mr Taula.
Due to the remote location of the school and the hardship faced by the village community, the school had found it difficult to fully equip the dormitory for students living at the school.
Head Teacher Peniatati Ravasu said that the new beds had been the topic of discussion by the children, parents and the Yakete Community as a whole.
Mr Ravasu added that when beds arrived at the school it was like a dream come true for the students because for the past two years the two dormitories were empty and students had slept on mattresses on the concrete floor.
Mr Ravasu thanked the High Commission and emphasised that the donation would assist the school in its efforts to educate the children.
The school has a roll of around 90 students with four dormitories. Most of the students are from neighboring villages that are miles apart and therefore the only means of access to education is this boarding school.
Mr Taula said educational support in the Pacific has been a big focus of the New Zealand Development Assistance Program.
He further added that New Zealand has a long history of close links with Fiji through culture, migration, education and sports.
Mr Taula said that the New Zealand High Commission’s continued support to education and assistance to communities in remote areas is seen as a demonstration of the importance of the ties between the people of Fiji and New Zealand.