New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

Water Tanks and Library Resources for Kadavu School

Nabukulevuira students with their new books and furniture

The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) recently assisted Nabukulevuira Primary School with over $6600 worth of library resources and water tanks.

Nabukulevuira Primary is an isolated boarding school with a roll of 92, situated in the province of Kadavu.
Acting Head Teacher, Sereima Tuitubou was overwhelmed with the assistance and acknowledged NZHC for the substantial support provided.

“We are very thankful to the NZHC for addressing the needs of our school,” said Ms Tuitubou.

Under the High Commission’s small grants scheme, the school has been assisted with library books, library furniture and two 3100 litre water tanks.

Mrs Tuitubou informed that due to its remote location and the difficulty of accessing modern technology, the school had been struggling to keep up with its educational resourcing needs.

A limited collection of reading materials and other library resources were affecting the performance of students. Many of the books were outdated and needed to be discarded. Absentee rates were also relatively high.

The NZHC’s provision of good quality library books and furniture has generated enthusiasm amongst Nabukulevuira students, providing a more conducive environment for learning.

Another problem experienced by the school for over five years was an inadequate supply of clean water.
Frequent disruptions and poor supply of clean and safe drinking water for students was a major issue faced by the school.
Ms Tuitubou said the water crisis had forced the school to close down a number of times over the years.

“This year alone in the first term, we had to close the school four times to ensure the safety and well-being of students and teachers,” said Ms Tuitubou.

One of the water tanks is used for boarders and the school dining hall while the other tank is used by teachers and students.
Tuitubou said that villagers had helped set up the water tanks and with the financial support from NZHC, the problem had finally been rectified.

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