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Saumaibulu Opens New Kindergarten

A newly opened kindergarten operator made a call for iTaukei women to step out and do something positive about what they were passionate about. “We should get out of that fear
20 Jan 2017 11:26
Saumaibulu Opens New Kindergarten
Beacon Media learning centre founder, Fane Saumaibulu with kindergarten students. Photo: supplied.

A newly opened kindergarten operator made a call for iTaukei women to step out and do something positive about what they were passionate about.

“We should get out of that fear zone and don’t ever get comfortable where you are,” said Beacon Media Learning Centre founder, Fane Saumaibulu.

The kindergarten at the Davuilevu Housing near Nausori, which opened on Tuesday, has a roll of 30 children (aged 3 to 5 years) and four staff members.

The setup has a creative learning model by integrating the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum called Mataniciva and the Beacon Media Ministry curriculum.

The vision of setting up Ms Saumaibulu’s own learning centre came six years ago after attending a workshop conducted by an Australian educator, Cheryl Reid, who conducted the training in Fiji.

Ms Saumaibulu originally, from Matuku, Lau, has been teaching for the past 16 years at the early level classes in various schools.

“I came from a family of teachers and watched my mum teach, but I’ve always wanted to work in the agriculture ministry,” she said.

Ms Saumaibulu said over the years the shift in children’s behaviour and the lack of values she noticed was appalling.

“The teaching strategy that Ms Reid was employing in the workshop was new, innovative, fun, engaging and these methods were what classes in Fiji were missing,” she said.

It inspired her to set up the learning centre.

Ms Saumaibulu said over three months’ the centre, which was based at her home, was completed.

“It was all God, I just left everything in his hand and people came donating equipment and items,” she said.

She commended the Government in realising the importance of Early Childhood Education

She said we couldn’t put a price tag to quality education and when you invest in that; it was a lifetime investment.

She’s thankful to Ms Reid of Beacon Media for inspiring her as well.

Her main goal is to change the mind-set of parents when it comes to quality early childhood education especially in rural communities in Fiji.

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