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Bank Helps Needy Children With School Packs BSP, FENC

A voluntary, non-profit organ­isation claims more than 10 per cent of Fiji’s children aged five to 14 years do not attend school. The Foundation for the Education of Needy Children
13 Jan 2019 11:00
Bank Helps Needy Children With School Packs BSP, FENC
Bank South Pacific Country Head Haroon Ali (back row; standing second from left), with FENC Board of Trustees chairman Ratu Meli Vesikula (back row; standing left) and children. Photo: Sheenam Chandra

A voluntary, non-profit organ­isation claims more than 10 per cent of Fiji’s children aged five to 14 years do not attend school.

The Foundation for the Education of Needy Children (FENC Fiji), which provides educational and related support to children of the poorest families in Fiji, says more than 49 per cent of those complet­ing primary school fail to attend secondary school.

The claims were made at an event in Suva yesterday during which 200 children received back to school packs from Bank South Pacific.

Each pack contained a school bag, exercise books, folders, stationery, calculators and water bottles in accordance with the FENC Fiji na­tionally distributed Packs.

Bank South Pacific Country Head, Haroon Ali said the bank had been donating and supporting this na­tional effort since 2010 and over the past eight years it had donated more than $85,000, in cash and kind.

“We acknowledge Government’s initiative to support free education and reiterated that BSP’s donation aligns with the Bank’s commit­ment to serving the communities we in,” he said.

“I would like to thank FENC for the great work they do.”

FENC Board of Trustees chair­man Ratu Meli Vesikula acknowl­edged BSP for its support from 2010.

“BSP has been one of our local supporters ever since and we are thankful to them,” he said.

Veena Korocowiri, 59, said she was happy with the BSP initiative.

“My grandson Shane Korocowiri has been raised by me since he was young. It becomes difficult for me to fully support him,” she said.

“I thank Government and BSP for supporting my grandson.”

Edited by Epineri Vula

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