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Primary Students Get Better Library Service Access

Primary Students Get Better Library Service Access
Vatukoula Arya Samaj Primary School Head Teacher Sanju Kumar and Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited Administration Officer Esala Raiyawa handing over their monthly cash installment for the construction of the new library on December 29,2017. PHOTO: Charles Chambers
December 31
10:00 2017

Vatukoula Arya Samaj Pri­mary School students will have access to better library services come the new school year.

This was made possible through the help of the Vatukoula Gold Mines Limited (VGML) that funded the construction of the new library block worth over $40,000.

Head teacher Sanju Kumar said the school was fortunate to receive help from VGML over the years.

“Our relationship with the gold mine has come a long way since 2012. After Tropical Cyclone Win­ston most of our school blocks were damaged, especially our library. Their donation of $40,000 to fund the new block will help our stu­dents,” Mr Kumar said.

“Eleven personal computers will be installed in the library and the school will provide shelves and computer tables.”

Mr Kumar said students would greatly benefit academically from the new facility.

“This year a student from our school scored the highest in the year eight examination with 100 per cent in Mathematics and we have been ranked third out of 62 schools in the Ba and Tavua corri­dor. With the new library students will have access to more informa­tion and I believe our school will achieve greater things in future,” he said.

Construction began late last No­vember and will be completed next month.

VGML corporate services man­ager Dinny Laufenboeck said their funding was a way of giving back to the school and they could see that students had the potential because their performance over the years had gradually improved.

“It’s a nice project and it has seemed to work out really well. We can see the school has progressed over the years. We must bear in mind this is a tiny school and to have a pupil from the school score 100 per cent in mathematics is quite an achievement,” Ms Laufenboeck said

VGML also donated school bags worth $2800.

The farming-community school has an average roll of 45 students per year with five teachers.

Edited by Percy Kean


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