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Schools Receive Tablets

SHRATIKA NAIDU savusavu Four schools in the Savusavu, Vanua Levu, received 15 tablets each, internet connections and Wi-Fi service earlier this week. The schools are Batibalavu District School, Wailevu East
17 Oct 2015 10:21
Schools Receive Tablets
Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation Executive Officer Ambalika Devi (right) with Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort General Manager Bart Simpson during the presentation in Savusavu, Vanua Levu.

SHRATIKA NAIDU
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Four schools in the Savusavu, Vanua Levu, received 15 tablets each, internet connections and Wi-Fi service earlier this week.
The schools are Batibalavu District School, Wailevu East Primary School, Nukubolu Primary School and Muanivatu District School.
The Savusavu Community Foundation (SCF), a charity arm of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort with support of Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation assisted, these schools.
Under the 50/50 mEducation Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation policy, the SCF paid for the schools’ contributions of 50 per cent to help them receive the tablets and free internet access for a year.
Foundation executive officer Ambalika Devi said such corporate partnership to bestow corporate philanthropy was the first model to be able to reach more schools.
In this model SCF gave $10,000 and Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation paid for the other $10,000.
“By virtue of this partnership we’re calling on more corporate bodies and trusts to join hands in reaching more schools,” Ms Devi said.
Ms Devi said the foundation would continue with the partnership as they were now going to corporate bodies making presentation on strengthening sustainable technological connections in schools.
Cousteau resort general manager Bart Simpson said they were proud to contribute to the local community in the field of education.
He said the chosen schools were also deeply appreciative of the support from SCF and the foundation.
Mr Simpson said this was the second consecutive year that SCF participated in this programme.
SCF chairman Ken Barasch said they were pleased to partner with Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort on this project and other Savusavu initiatives.
“Our hope is that these tablets will assist students in doing their school projects without having to travel to town and then pay for services at internet cafes,” Mr Barasch said.

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