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Rebuilt School Blocks Built to Last

Some may be asking why are the school students from five settlements along the eastern coast of Rakiraki smiling? Well here’s why. Their schools which were damaged by Tropical Cyclone
06 Aug 2017 20:39
Rebuilt School Blocks Built to Last
Students of Tataiya Primary School enjoy their day at the commissioning of their school by PM Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Some may be asking why are the school students from five settlements along the eastern coast of Rakiraki smiling?

Well here’s why. Their schools which were damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston had been rebuilt and commissioned with a cost of $2.1 million under the Prime Minister’s Tropical Cyclone Winston rehabilitation programme.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the opening of these newly rebuilt school buildings.

PM’s promise

Retracing the destructive footsteps of Tropical Cyclone Winston, the PM said Government would never tire in its work to bring back life to places that once lived peacefully.

“Your Government will never bow to anything that had taken away your wealth, the will to educate your children; for everyone who faced the wrath of TC Winston, we will stand tall and wipe the tears from your eyes with our rehabilitation programmes,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said Government was building schools to last.

“Over 95 per cent of our schools were built with no structurally approved plans.

“Never again will I ever put lives of students at risk as it was done in the past. We will build schools to last,” he said.

He also said this left students vulnerable to climate-related catastrophe.

“I’m not prepared to let that happen.

“Your students can put the trauma of the cyclone behind them and get back to the business of learning,” he said.

Feedback: jone.luvenitoga@fijisun.com.fj



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