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More Awareness Programmes For Rural Communities: Akbar

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar has assured her ministry’s commitment in increasing its awareness programmes into rural communities This was evident when Saqani District School
04 Feb 2016 08:29
More Awareness Programmes For Rural Communities: Akbar
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar while meeting the students of Saqani District School in Lakeba District, Cakaudrove last week.

The Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar has assured her ministry’s commitment in increasing its awareness programmes into rural communities

This was evident when Saqani District School in Lakeba Village, Savusavu received their first visit by a Government delegation last Tuesday.

Ms Akbar, and a team from Samaaj Sewa Fiji USA travelled for over three hours, moving through rough mountain terrains to reach Lakeba Village in the province of Cakaudrove.The objective of the visit was to raise awareness and disseminate information on the ministry’s programmes, particularly on the National Child Helpline, 1325.

The ministry also donated school stationary, bags and raincoats to students.

Ms Akbar said the visit reaffirmed Government’s commitment in reaching out to rural communities to see the best way forward in delivering services.

“I am glad we have chosen your school for it has allowed us to travel this distance to see the challenges you face. Despite the remoteness of this area, there is lot of potential for development,” she said.

Ms Akbar also encouraged those present to make use of the child helpline, 1325 to seek free counselling and information regarding child welfare cases.

“The Ministry through its outreach programme will maximise on such awareness programmes particularly in the rural and remote communities. We need to work in unity; it is our duty as adults, as parents and community leaders to ensure that our children are protected from any forms of neglect and abuse.”

Speaking on behalf of the Lakeba community, Joeli Yabakivou, who is the headteacher of Saqani District School, thanked the team for their timely visit.

“Madam Minister, thank you for coming out this far to visit our school, Saqani District School is one of the oldest schools to be established in the Natewa Bay of Fiji.

“Accessing information is a challenge for interior communities like ours, and it is through such visits by the ministries, that provides us with the opportunity to establish contacts and access information that benefits our communities,” Mr Yabakivou said.

The Ministry also conducted similar awareness programmes at Navai Primary School in Seaqaqa and Koroinasolo District School in Bua.



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