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Australia Earmarks $6.34m For Supplies To Schools

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop yesterday announced that $6.34 million had been allocated for the distribution of school stationery to schools and children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. “We
15 Mar 2016 10:47
Australia Earmarks $6.34m For Supplies To Schools
Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts Mahend Reddy with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop at Penang Sangam Primary School yesterday. Photo: Kathrin Krishna

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop yesterday announced that $6.34 million had been allocated for the distribution of school stationery to schools and children affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“We have also set aside AU$4 million which is F$6 million for educational supplies and support,” Ms Bishop said yesterday while handing over school stationery at Penang Sangam Primary School in Ra.

Ms Bishop said the education sector needed attention and the Australian government would provide help to revive it.

“The Australian government has provided almost $15 million in financial support, while some of that has gone for the basic supplies like food, water and shelter.

“After the initial recovery efforts we knew that Fiji Government put a priority on education and we have been determined to help support the restoration of schools, putting roofs back on the schools and trying to help put the classrooms back in order so that the children and teachers can return.

“The children need to be educated, the children must not have their education interrupted so they can go on and lead, fulfilling lives that contribute to Fijian society,” she said.

She also mentioned that Australia would continue to help the Fijian Government in the coming days.

“We will continue with the Fiji Government as the recovery phase moves into the restoration and re-building phase.

“We know that there are countries who are supporting Fiji at this time, but you can rely on Australia to be your partner; your partner of choice when Fiji needs friends,” she said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts Mahendra Reddy thanked the Australian Government for the support.

“Government has been looking for assistance from other countries and the contribution from the Australian government is a blessing for us,” Mr Reddy said.

Currently, there are about 1000 Australians working with the Government and the Fijian authorities in an operation called Operation Fiji Assist.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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