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Minister Akbar Launches Education Appeal

The welfare and happiness of Fijian children is one of the FijiFirst Government’s top priorities, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar. “Our entire Government is
28 Oct 2015 19:06
Minister Akbar Launches Education Appeal
Minister for Women Rosy Akbar with Father Kevin Barr, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Joape Kuinikoro of FENC Fiji during the official launching of Gold

The welfare and happiness of Fijian children is one of the FijiFirst Government’s top priorities, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar.

“Our entire Government is working to improve the current situation and future prospects for our children, the future of our nation and by far our most important national resource,” Ms Akbar said.

She said this while launching the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children (FENC) Fiji Week held at the Fiji Museum in Suva, yesterday.

She also launched FENC’s ‘Give Gold Coins, Together to Make a Difference’ Appeal which aims to raise $100,000 to assist children in need of educational assistance.

Ms Akbar commended the efforts of FENC Fiji in reaching out and assisting disadvantaged children.

“That’s where FENC comes in, making sure that as many children as possible in Fiji are adequately equipped for school, no matter what their family circumstances.  And to help ensure that no Fijian child is left behind.  Our Government is doing everything possible  to improve the lot of the nation’s children.

“Above all, we have relieved the school fee burden for many tens of thousands of Fijian families. And given even children from the poorest families, the opportunity to obtain a proper education. Free primary and secondary schooling and scholarships and tertiary loans to break down the old barriers to higher education.

“The days of parents lying awake at night worrying about how they will pay their children’s school fees are over.

“The heartbreak of ordinary Fijian families being unable to educate their children at all is over. We have provided subsidised bus fares for children to get to school. We are giving our Year One students free milk and free Weet-Bix in a wonderful public-private partnership to boost their strength in the critical first year of school.”

She emphasised the need for collaborative approach between agencies to advance education opportunities for underprivileged children.

Father Kevin Barr, chairman of the Board of Trustees of FENC Fiji acknowledged Government’s commitment towards the Fijians education sector in Fiji.

“Being involved in the plight of the less privileged in Fiji, I know the hardships that many of them face.

“Your presence here today is an indication that there are people who are willing to support those who are in the forefront of dealing with the social ills that prevail.

“I know that Government is committed to the empowerment of children and we are grateful for the support provided to FENC Fiji through the SEED funding.

“We encourage all corporate organisations and individuals to contribute towards the Golden Coin Appeal. Part of what it does is to offer tax exemptions for any cash contribution of up to maximum of $100,000 given to FENC Fiji.”

Currently, FENC Fiji is supporting 1124 children through education funding provided by the Fijian Government.

Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

 

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