‘Much-needed textbooks’

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Air movements personnel load up a C-130 Hercules with school textbooks bound for Fiji at RNZAF Whenuapai base, Auckland in New Zealand. Picture: NZDF

A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) C-130 Hercules has delivered 8000 textbooks to Fiji’s Ministry of Education, that will be given to remote schools with no access to computers or the internet.

The books were given by the Fiji Association in Auckland and were brought to Fiji on the C-130 Hercules that was deployed to Fiji to bring home New Zealand Army officers and equipment on completion of Exercise Cartwheel 23.

Dr Satendra Singh, president of the Fiji Association in Auckland, said the organisation was extremely grateful for the help of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

“Once again, the NZDF has made it possible for us to help local schools on the ground, especially in remote areas of Fiji, with much-needed textbooks,” Mr Singh said.

“With the help of High Commissioner, Charlotte Darlow in Suva, we can hand over the consignment to the Fiji Minister of Education, who distributes the books on an ‘as needed’ basis.

“This time we are delighted to cover some additional subjects such as new technology, and help teachers with resources.”

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