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Galoa’s 52-Year Plea Finally Heard

Galoa Village School in Kadavu now have a reason to smile after their 52 year plea finally became a reality yesterday. “Keimami sa dau tagi wale e na levu ni
29 Sep 2016 07:14
Galoa’s 52-Year Plea Finally Heard

Galoa Village School in Kadavu now have a reason to smile after their 52 year plea finally became a reality yesterday.

“Keimami sa dau tagi wale e na levu ni neimami kerekere. Ia e sega vakadua ni se bau rogoci; Na vei mata ni matanitu kece e ra a basika yani, levu na vosa kamikamica e ra cavuta, ia na neimami tagi e se sega vakadua ni se bau rogoci. E dai, keimami sa mai vaka dinadina taka kina, ni na matanitu oqo e sega walega ni vaka gusuna e na levu ni ka e ra tukuna, ia e vaka ligana kei na yavana talega me kitaka na ka e tukuna.”  (We used to cry as all our requests went unanswered. Previous Government officials used to come to our villages and had a lot of sweet things to say, but our cries were never heard. Today, we have witnessed that this Government does not only have a mouth to speak, but also hands and legs to go and do what they say.)

The sentiments were shared by an emotional Apisalome Coka, Sau Turaga, Na Tui Daku, of the Yavusa Natuvuloka.

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy, handed over a boat and engine to the management of Galoa Village School yesterday.

Mr Reddy said that even though many, including members of the Opposition had accused Government of overlooking Kadavu, the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts has invested in 70 per cent of schools in Kadavu alone in terms of capital grants for building, maintenance and also with boats.

“I want to let you know that this is just the beginning of things, we will keep investing in schools in Kadavu, in schools in the rural and maritime zone and schools all over Fiji.

“There has been so much neglect and a huge backlog of development work, and the Bainimarama Government is here for you all,” Mr Reddy said.

School manager Vilivo Rokoua was lost for words as he recalled his days as a student on Galoa Island.

“I remember how we used to trek through the bushes during high tide and wade along the beach during the low tides just to get to school; even before that our elders used to use the Church to study.

“A time came when we had to cross over to attend school at Ratu Nacagilevu Memorial Schol.

“Ever since the school was established in 1964, our cries had always fallen on deaf ears, up until today.”

Kemueli Rabonu, a recently retired school teacher shared the same sentiments and could not hold back his emotions as the boat was handed over to the Management of the School.

“I cannot wait to get back home, one can just imagine the looks on the students’ faces when they see their new boat.

“This is like a beacon to further brighten our perspective and view towards education.

“Our island home when seen from above is just like a small atoll with some soil splattered over it, today the people of Galoa have witnessed that the eyes of this Government has seen our tears and heard our cries; and the Government’s arm has stretched out to reach this tiny island,” Mr Rabonu said.

Mr Reddy would be handing over another boat today to the management of Rukua/Raviravi District School.

 

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