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Police monitor school students at Suva bus station

Students who usually catch the bus from the Suva Bus Stand have been reminded to go straight home and not to loiter around the bus stand after school hours. Police through an announcement made on...

Repair works underway for damaged classrooms

Bhawani Dayal Arya College classrooms that were damaged during Tropical Cyclone Harold are being repaired. According to the Fijian Government, a classroom for about 40 students has been constructed. “This was made possible because of the Free Education Grant and support from some well-wishers,” it stated. “More damaged structure construction is currently underway, and we...

Graduate teaches children in Delhi slum without access to online learning

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – In a squalid slum below a partially built flyover in eastern Delhi, Satyendra Pal stands by a whiteboard propped against a straw hut, with half a dozen children wearing masks and sitting on the floor looking up at him. This is Pal’s open air classroom, where he teaches children in their...

8th July

Family relocate in wake of TC Harold

A 60-year-old grandmother and her family were forced to dismantle their home of 20 years and relocate in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Harold. Loraini Marama of Vuniniudrovu Village, Naitasiri, said the move was brought about when very strong currents destabilised the foundation of their home. “During TC Harold, the Waimanu River currents were so...

Grandma stretches income from selling candies to feed seven children

Sovaia Rarawa is a 68-year-old grandmother who takes care of five of her seven grandchildren who attend primary school. Yesterday she prepared fried noodles and rice for their lunch, bought from the little income she earns from selling candies. A staple for the family is boiled taro leaves. She said she was forced to take...

Eight remain at home as students attend classes

As parents and caregivers prepared their children for school yesterday, eight children of a household at Bilo Rd outside Lami remained at home because of the family’s financial situation. Mereoni Adimaisau said her husband was a fisherman but fish sales had also decreased. The 44-year-old said they had to take in five nieces and nephews...

7th July

675 schools yet to receive school grants

As many as 675 schools have yet to receive their Fiji Education Grant (FEG) allocation for this term, says Education Minister Rosy Akbar. She stressed there would be no exceptions — all schools would only get their grant when they submit the required documents. She said 10 secondary and 194 primary schools were on the...

6th July

‘Children not ready for school’

Our children are not ready to return to school because we have lost everything. These were the words from Wainikavula Settlement headman Rusiate Valeusa. He said the tornado-like windstorm which tore a trail of destruction through the rural community took everything they owned with it. “If you move around our village and ask the parents,...

5th July

Students trade bundles of fish in exchange for school bags, uniforms

As students around the country start preparing for school tomorrow, two children were trading bundles of fish on the Barter for Better Fiji Facebook page, in exchange for school bags and uniforms. The two are Manasa Koroivere, 2, and his first cousin Maika Togavuto, 5, of Waicoka Village in Tailevu. They are currently under the...

Family opens reading centre for village children

A reading centre focused on assisting children in Namuka Village, Nakelo was opened yesterday. The initiative by the Naiyaga family was birthed out of an idea adopted from a community in Canada to improve reading in children. Malakai Naiyaga said this inspired the Naiyaga family to convert their home into a reading centre for Year...

4th July

‘Reading Place’ to enhance English literacy for Namuka primary school students

A reading centre focused to assist Year One to Year eight students in the village of Namuka in Nakelo was opened today. This initiative was birthed out of an idea which worked in a community in Canada to improve the reading abilities of children. And this idea prompted the Naiyaga family to convert their home...

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