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Kindergarten Brings Relief For Biaugunu Villagers

A new kindergarten was commissioned at the village yesterday by the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Rural Maritime Development, Mahendra Reddy.
14 Dec 2019 17:44
Kindergarten Brings Relief For Biaugunu Villagers
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Rural Maritime Development, Mahendra Reddy with Biaugunu villagers at the newly commissioned village kindergarten on December 13, 2019.

Preschoolers of Biaugunu Village will no longer need to travel to Saqani District School for classes next year. A new kindergarten was commissioned at the village yesterday by the Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Rural Maritime Development, Mahendra Reddy.

Village headman Josateki Leleivuna expressed his gratitude on behalf of the village for the initiative by the Government. He said the kindergarten would benefit more than 10 students next year, aged between four and five.

Mr Leleivuna said for the past few years their preschoolers left the village in the morning and would return with the primary students in the afternoon because there was no other means of transport to get them back to the village.

Since their classes ended at midday, he said it was worrying because children tend to loiter around the school waiting for their lift in the afternoon after 3pm.

“The kindergarten is a big relief for the parents,” Mr Leleivuna said.

Mr Reddy said investment in children’s education was the Government’s number one priority.

“Kindergarten is an important phase in the life of a child,” the minister said.

“For parents, it is important to ensure that your children receive the same level of education as any other child in Fiji, whether parents are farmers, villagers or ministers.

“Keep motivating your child, give your child a good home education.”

The minister also urged all parents to look after their children and give them the right education.

The kindergarten project was a government investment of more than $24,000.

Advice on drugs

Since children are becoming the targets of drug dealers these days, Mr Reddy advised parents to protect their children now and teach them to say no to drugs to avoid any future problems.

Talanoa session

A concern that was raised by villagers of Biaugunu was the water problem they continuously face.

The village population is increasing and they have seen that the current water tank they use cannot accommodate them anymore. Also, there was a need to increase the size of the catchment.

Mr Reddy requested the Water Authority in Vanua Levu to see that the work was done as soon as possible. He made an assurance that the WAF team would be visiting the village next week to conduct a survey and start with the work. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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