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Their Welfare Is Paramount: Dr Koroivueta

One of the key priorities for Government is developing the inclusive education services for children with special needs, says the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty
10 Jun 2016 08:49
Their Welfare Is Paramount:  Dr Koroivueta
Students of Hilton Special School in Suva during the handing over of the new minibus by Janty Kanvan Ltd. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

One of the key priorities for Government is developing the inclusive education services for children with special needs, says the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

Dr Koroivueta made these comments this week during the handing over of a new vehicle by the Janty Kanvan Ltd to the Hilton Special School in Suva.

The new bus will enhance transport services for 83 children attending the school.

Dr Koroivueta said the initiative had been nurtured through a collaborative partnership and support.

“Public Private Partnership is well alive in our country and it’s well championed by the Fijian Government.

“In this new Fiji, everyone has equal opportunities to realise their true potential, and as such  is the interest and welfare of children with special needs. This is paramount to the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation,” he said.

“We thank Janty Kanvan for this timely donation and look forward for strengthened partnership in the future.”

The new bus also displays information on the National Child Helpline toll free number, “1325”.

Dr Koroivueta reiterated this messaging would be effective in terms of encouraging the public to use the Helpline to report cases of child abuse, as well as seek free counselling services and information regarding child protection and positive parenting.

Janty Kanvan Ltd operations manager Jigar Khatri said they were pleased to contribute towards the development of students at Hilton School.

“I would like to thank the Hilton Organisation for providing us with this opportunity and we also look forward to be of assistance to this organisation in the near future,” Mr Khatri said.

Hilton Organisation chief executive officer, Sureni Perera acknowledged Janty Kanvan for this timely donation.

“Now 20 more children can receive transport and we would also look into bringing the children to school on time.

“And now that we have a new bus, the old minivan will be used for community outreach programmes,” Ms Perera said.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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