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Australia To Now Help Rebuild Koro Schools: Fierravanti-Wells

Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on Friday announced her Government’s continuing commitment to rebuilding schools during her visit at Vatukacevaceva Primary School in Rakiraki.
21 Aug 2016 07:34
Australia To Now Help Rebuild Koro Schools:  Fierravanti-Wells
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Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on Friday announced her Government’s continuing commitment to rebuilding schools during her visit at Vatukacevaceva Primary School in Rakiraki.

Ms Fierravanti-Wells announced that Australia would also rebuild Koro High School and several primary schools on Koro Island.

She said all schools would be better built so they could be more resilient to future disasters.

Ms Fierravanti-Wells said this was being done to enable the children to return to a normal school environment.

She said the people of Australia were devastated by images of Cyclone Winston.

“I stand amongst people who showed great resilience, strength, courage and in helping other survive and recover from adversity,” she said.

She said she was proud Australia was one of the first to come to Fiji’s assistance in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston following the cyclone.

“And that is what good neighbours and friends are – we help each other especially in times of need,” she said.

Ms Fierravanti-Wells toured the Vatukacevaceba school and saw firsthand the devastation caused by TC Winston.

She was accorded a traditional ceremony of welcome and even joined in the women from the Australian Embassy in taking part in the traditional acknowledgement of fakawela by wrapping clothing material around the male students of the school who performed a lively meke (traditional dance).

School headteacher Epeli Soqonakavika said Cyclone Winston would never be erased from the minds of the children of Vatukacevaceva Village.

“They will never forget that day,” he said.

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