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Vunikavikaloa Pupils Welcomed to Refurbished School

  The students of Vunikavikaloa Arya School in Ra will now study in the warmth and comfort of new classrooms before the cold season approaches. With thanks to New Zealand
10 May 2017 11:05
Vunikavikaloa Pupils Welcomed to Refurbished School
Holly Griffin, Recovery Project co-ordinator for New Zealand Red Cross, at the school rebuilding process of Vunikavikaloa Arya School in Ra.

 

The students of Vunikavikaloa Arya School in Ra will now study in the warmth and comfort of new classrooms before the cold season approaches.

With thanks to New Zealand Red Cross for leading rebuilding eight classrooms which were destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Winston last year. NZ Red Cross adopted Vunikavikaloa Arya School as part of Government’s ‘Adopt A School’ programme.

The school welcomed the 229 students for term two studies on Monday with new facilities.

The major construction works on the school building was carried out by NZ Red Cross for over three months now.

Holly Griffin, Recovery Project Co-ordinator for NZ Red Cross in an interview with the Fiji Sun said they started rebuilding the school this year.

“We started with the construction work from January 16th. The students have moved into their new classrooms today (Monday) as Term Two has started.

“I have really enjoyed working in Fiji, especially in Nalawa, the community have been very welcoming and hospitable,” she said.

“It is an amazing feeling to be working together with them to repair and improve the school for the community now and for the future students of Vunikavikaloa.”

Apart from reconstructing the school building, NZ Red Cross has also rebuilt and repaired four teacher’s houses and the school toilet block.

Head teacher of the school Ashishwar Prasad said the students now had a lovely school with additional features.

“It was the talk of our community and everyone eagerly waited for this day when the school would re-open for the students,” Mr Prasad said.

“The teachers and students are very excited and enthusiastic because the building is not just renovated but have other provisions such and fans and proper lights which were not there before the cyclone. The school will also get new furniture and fitting from Rotary Taveuni.”

Mr Prasad also thanked the carpenters from NZ Red Cross, Fiji Red Cross volunteers, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport workers and to Mr. Tom Newton from NZ Red Cross for his contribution.

This project has been possible through the FijiFirst Governments Adopt a School Programme.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback: kathrin.krishna@fijisun.com.fj



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