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Maritime, Interior Schools To Get Furniture

Schools in the interior and maritime zones will be prioratised by the Ministry of Education to receive school furniture which were donated yesterday by the Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey.
05 May 2016 09:03
Maritime, Interior Schools To Get Furniture
Minister for Education Mahendra Reddy receiving the school furniture from Australia High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey yesterday. Photo: SHAHANI MALA

Schools in the interior and maritime zones will be prioratised by the Ministry of Education to receive school furniture which were donated yesterday by the Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey.

Ms  Twomey handed over 6150 chairs and 3600 desks to Minister Mahendra Reddy.

The New South Wales Department of Education had gifted the desks and chairs to the ministry to help schools affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“We will ensure that we distribute this school furniture within two weeks time,” Mr Reddy said.

“The ministry has decided to give priority to schools in the maritime islands with the remaining pieces being distributed to schools in the interior and Ra district.”

Mr Reddy said the people of Fiji noted with thanks the continued support from Australia after the cyclone.

“One behalf of Fijian Government and people of Fiji, I thank the Australian government and New South Wales Department of Education for their support,” he said.

Ms Twomey said: “It’s lovely to see another enterprise involving the Fiji an and Australia governments.

“It is great pleasure for me to hand out the furniture to you on behalf of people of Australia and in particular Jeff Carol of NSW, who organised the donation of these desk and chairs.

“Jeff Coral had approached Fiji’s High Commissioner to Australia Yogesh Punja on this.”

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