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Akbar First Minister to Set Foot in Navai Settlement

  The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar has become the first minister to visit the Navai Primary School since its establishment in 1982. The school is
26 Jan 2016 10:30
Akbar First Minister to Set Foot in Navai Settlement
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar with students holding their new school bags at Navai Primary School in Seaqaqa outside Labasa Town. Photo: ANSHOO MALA

 

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar has become the first minister to visit the Navai Primary School since its establishment in 1982.

The school is located within the Navai settlement, a multiracial farming community which is located 60 kilometres from Labasa in Seaqaqa district in the Northern division.

The objective of Minister Akbar’s visit yesterday was to distribute school stationery to 72 students at Navai Primary School and to also speak to them and their parents about the National Child Helpline and child welfare programmes.

The minister’s visit also provided an opportunity for those in Navai settlement to seek clarification and information about the programmes regarding women, children and social welfare.

In her opening address, Minister Akbar emphasised about the importance of reaching out to rural communities.

“We are trying to reach out to rural and remote communities to provide them with the information on the Ministry’s programmes. The Ministry provides assistance through the Poverty Benefit Scheme, Care and Protection Programme, Social Pension Scheme, Expanded Food Voucher Programme and income generating projects as well.

“The purpose of our visit is to network with the community, to look at ways we can work together to improve the lives of women, children and families.

“The Ministry is also here to raise awareness on elimination of violence against women and children. Strong families are foundation for the strong nation. The Ministry through its reach project aims to increase awareness on these issues in rural communities,” Minister Akbar said.

Sanjay Kumar, the school’s headteacher thanked the Government for the timely assistance. “We thank the Government for assisting these students with free transport, free education and free textbooks; the children don’t have to pay any fees and Year One students are getting free milk and Weetbix.

“And we are really fortunate that Minister Akbar has visited us and provided the school stationeries for these students. Meeting with the Minister is also a great incentive for the students to work hard and become great leaders in their communities.

“The visit by Minister Akbar has given hope to this community; it reflects on the Government’s commitment to educational development in rural communities. The awareness on child welfare programmes is also beneficial for the parents and teachers as well,” Mr Kumar said.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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