New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
Library books bring hope for good education
It is indeed very true that proper reading is critical to a good education. With assistance from the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC), a number of schools in rural areas are now making use of the available resources in their school libraries.
One such school is Turagarua Primary School located in the interior of Wainibuka in the province of Tailevu. The school building, which accommodates 78 students, is made of concrete, wood and bamboo.
The library books were old and in need of upgrading. Head teacher Paiata Faga Savukiono said floods from past years had damaged the books as the school is located next to a river.
Under the NZHC small grants scheme, the school was assisted with $2000 worth of books.
This was a big boost for the morale of students and teachers, and smiles could be seen on the children’s faces when the new books arrived in their library.
Similarly another school in Tailevu, Lawaki District School, had a small collection of library books. The school provides education for students from six neighbouring villages.
Due to its remote location there is limited transport and no phone service for farming communities in the area.
The school had a suitable library space, but it was under utilised due to a lack of library books for the children to read, use and borrow.
The NZHC assisted this school with $3000 worth of library books with the aim of helping to improve the students’ literacy and enhancing their academic achievement.
St Thomas Aquinas Primary School also benefited from the NZHC’s small grants scheme with $3000 worth of library resources provided to the school.
This school, which supports students from farming and squatter settlements, also had limited books on its library shelves.
School Head Teacher Ms Makelesi Vinau said the lack of books was an obstacle for the children’s learning, and a library with modern, educational books would help them greatly in their studies.
Ms Vinau said the books would motivate the students to improve their reading skills and would also expose them to the outside world of updated information.
The NZHC has been pleased to assist in the furnishing of these libraries with educational books as a contribution towards improving access to better education for disadvantaged communities.