New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji
Schools assisted with library books
With the beginning of the new school term, three schools on the outskirts of Savusavu, Nausori and Suva have benefited from the New Zealand High Commission’s (NZHC) small grants scheme.
Under the Head of Mission Fund, FJ$7000 worth of library books was donated to the schools.
In order to improve literacy, encourage students to read and research, especially students in disadvantaged areas, NZHC was pleased to provide educational support in the form of library books.
One of the recipients of this assistance, Saqani High School aims to promote, develop and facilitate a balanced education in its rural locality.
Being isolated in the almost unreachable rural village of Lakeba, this school has limited access to information and technology.
The school has embarked on a book and resource driven programme in 2011-2012 to promote literacy and improve the academic performance of their students.
The school’s Principal, Selemo Drokamaisau, expressed his sincere thanks to NZHC for the $3000 worth of fiction and non-fiction books donated towards the programme.
Mr Drokamaisau believes that the High Commission’s support for this initiative would assist the youth, parents and the larger community, who also often access the library.
He added that with the availability of good quality books, students would be able to conduct research, and it would help transform the library into an environment more conducive to learning.
Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School in Koronivia Nausori also received $2000 worth of library books.
This school is situated next to the Rewa Delta area and is often prone to flooding. Their library had a very limited collection of books, many of which were worn, old and flood-damaged.
Similarly, Suva Primary School was also assisted under the Head of Mission Fund with $2000 worth of library books.
Head Teacher Sainiana Hicks said that this support would empower students in their intellectual development through improving their access to education materials.