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Photocopiers, Generators To Be Distributed To 118 Schools

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, was at the launch for the distribution of photocopiers and generators for school afftected by Cyclone Winston yesterday. 100 photocopiers and
02 Nov 2016 13:57
Photocopiers, Generators To Be Distributed To 118 Schools
inister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy.

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy, was at the launch for the distribution of photocopiers and generators for school afftected by Cyclone Winston yesterday.

100 photocopiers and 73 generators will be given to 118 schools in the coming weeks.

These supplies were procured by UNICEF with funds from the Australian Government and will be distributed by the Ministry of Education.

At Nabau District School in Ra, Mr Reddy said: “I am pleased to be here in person at Nabau District School on this momentous day.

“The addition of a photocopier and generator means a great deal to the school and will enable them to continue providing quality education for all its school children.

“After any emergency, preventing interruptions to education is a key priority.

“In the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Winston, the Ministry of Education worked with partners such as, the Australian Government and UNICEF to distribute school tents to act as temporary classrooms and school supplies to replace those that were damaged.

“We are grateful for this support that ensured school children did not have prolonged interruptions to their education,” Mr Reddy said.

Australian High Commission to Fiji Counsellor Joanne Choe said: “The impacts of Cyclone Winston are still being felt throughout Fiji.

“As we head into the next cyclone season, we are pleased to support the delivery of supplies such as generators and photocopiers to help schools continue to function and provide quality education.

“Schools are often the central location where communities take shelter during emergencies, so having access to a generator not only helps the school children but also helps the entire community.”

UNICEF Pacific Deputy Representative, Vathinee Jitjaturunt said: “The Education Cluster, led by the Ministry of Education and co-led by UNICEF, achieved much success in the immediate aftermath following Cyclone Winston and in the months since.

“UNICEF has also pre-positioned supplies, such as tents and education materials, in countries like Fiji so that they can be distributed immediately in the aftermath of an emergency.”

Source: Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts

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