New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
Savatu primary school receives furniture
A primary school located in the rugged terrain of Colo North about 20km from Tavua town recently received a timely boost in terms of school furniture from the New Zealand High Commission (NZHC).
Savatu Primary School situated in the highlands of Nadarivatu was donated 40 wooden desks and chairs to meet the development needs of the school.
School head teacher Meli Seru said the assistance would have a positive impact on academic performance and would contribute to improved learning and educational outcomes.
The school was in great need of furniture as the existing furniture was old, damaged and worn out.
“This donation will not only help the current students but also the many others who will come through the doors of the school,” said Mr Seru.
The new sets of desks and chairs are for the lower primary level students (classes 1- 4).
Mr Seru thanked NZHC for their kind donation and also highlighted that it is very rare for remote schools like theirs to get this sort of assistance.
Under the Head of Mission Fund grants scheme, this project was prioritized as it contributes towards improving access to education services and thereby alleviating hardship in the local communities.
According to Mr Seru, the teachers and students feel proud of using the new furniture, and it provides a more a conducive teaching and learning environment.
“Also the parents feel happy and content that their children are in a great teaching and learning environment.”
Mr Seru said ultimately this assistance has changed the image of the classroom and uplifted the learning standards of the students.
The school has also been assisted in the past by the High Commission with bunks and drawers for the girls’ hostel.