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Australia Gives $1.6M Package For Schools

Australian High Commissioner Margaret Twomey will join the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, to announce a $1.6 million package of assistance for 26 schools here. The assistance she said would
01 Apr 2016 11:38
Australia Gives $1.6M  Package For Schools
Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey

Australian High Commissioner Margaret Twomey will join the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, to announce a $1.6 million package of assistance for 26 schools here.

The assistance she said would be provided through the Australian-funded Access to Quality Education Programme (AQEP).

She said the support was in addition to the Australian government’s $23 million in humanitarian assistance following Tropical Cyclone Winston and the ongoing work of Australian Defence Force engineers.

When contacted yesterday, Mr Reddy said he was aware of the assistance and it would also be part of his major announcement today.

He said he would also announce the names of the 26 schools that would be assisted.

Mr Reddy said he was grateful for this assistance as his ministry was badly hit by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Members of Australian Defence Force have completed repair works on seven schools at Koro Island.

Mr Reddy had earlier told the Fiji Sun that all schools on the island were open and classes have resumed.

 

Announcement

Mr Reddy is expected to make a major announcement today on rebuilding schools affected by Cyclone Winston.

Mr Reddy was visiting damaged schools around the country and a report was compiled by an assessment team that had carried out their appraisal of the situation on the ground around the nation.

When the Fiji Sun contacted Mr Reddy yesterday to comment on the ministry’s rebuilding phase he said: “Just wait for tomorrow as I will be making a major announcement on the matter.”

The Ministry of Education is one of the Government ministries that had been badly hit by cyclone Winston.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had told the Fiji Sun at Tokaimalo District School in Ra last week that all ministries had completed their surveys and a report compiled for Cabinet to look at.

He said after Cabinet had looked at the report then it would set out the priority areas for its rebuilding programme.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  maikab@fijisun.com.fj

 

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