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Golden Jubilee Celebration: Nabekavu School Marks 50 Years, Awards

Golden Jubilee Celebration: Nabekavu School Marks 50 Years, Awards
A group photo of all the recipients of the special awards during the Golden Jubilee Celebration at Nabekavu Primary School outside Labasa. Photo: Afa Kaumaitotoya
September 10
15:39 2017


Thirty-three former teachers, board members and the management of Nabekavu Primary School outside Labasa yesterday received special recognition awards.

The school presented the awards as part of the school’s two-day golden jubilee celebration which began on Friday night at the school. Staff, students and friends attended.

One of the award recipients Nabekavu Primary School manager Mohammed Alim said he was overwhelmed when his name was announced.

“I never expected this award; community and social work is what I love to do,” the 45-year-old said.

“This award was given to me because they recognised the numerous roles I played for the school over the years.”

Celebration coordinator Vimlesh Prasad provided a brief history of the school.

“The reason the school was built 50 years old was because the children from Nabekavu, Savusavuitaga, Dogoru, Vunikawakawa and Yaudigi had to walk 20 kilometres from their home to school,” Mr Prasad said.

“Poor children get very tired when they return home while the ones whose parents were rich, they got in the bus at Nabekavu cemetery, but still they had to walk down more than seven kilometres.

“Since the children had to walk a long distance to Waiqele Bhartiya School it was discussed by some of the following concerned parents to construct a school at Nabekavu.”

They were Mr Jagarnath, Apakuki Turaganivei, Jahoor Begg, Pandit Mathura and Mustaaq.

These people liaised with the chief of the Mataqali Yaudigi, Mr Ulumatua, for the land.

“Without hesitation and with his good relationship with these people, he donated 16 acres of native land belonging to his Mataqali for the construction of the school,” Mr Prasad said.

“The people of Nabekavu didn’t have enough funds to construct the school and the land remained idle for four years.

“To avoid the land to be used by other organisations to build their school, the late Mr Mohammed, Budh Ram, and Kalika Prasad approached the Waiqele Bhartiya School management to build the school.”


Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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