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Fiji’s Smallest Province Targets Education

Fiji’s smallest prov­ince, with five dis­tricts and 24 villages, is making the education of its children one of its main priorities. Serua Province, in south­ern Viti Levu, is putting this
08 Dec 2018 10:32
Fiji’s Smallest Province Targets Education

Fiji’s smallest prov­ince, with five dis­tricts and 24 villages, is making the education of its children one of its main priorities.

Serua Province, in south­ern Viti Levu, is putting this priority focus into ac­tion by opening an educa­tion account.

Roko Tui Serua, Seru Ratukalou said they usual­ly had funds for education for students in the prov­ince, but when Govern­ment provided funding for education it opened this account.

Last year he said they opened the account with $30,000 and would add an­other $30,000 after the Se­rua Day fundraising event.

“For this year we’re tar­geting $70,000 in the two-day event and $35K will go to education and the other $35K will go to the Provin­cial Council office,” Mr Ratukalou said.

On Thursday, the Serua Day at the Lomary Sec­ondary School ground was opened by the Yavusa (tribe) Korolevu and they gave $10,525.

The closing, Mr Seruka­lou said, would be done today by Burenitu district.

He said the event collect­ed $26,000 yesterday and more would be collected today from members of the province.

“We’re optimistic to reach our target because more people will come today,” he said.

Mr Ratukalou said the province was prioritising education and urged par­ents to support their chil­dren in their school work.

He said parents should make use of the school hol­idays to spend quality time with their children.

The children, he said, should be not left alone and they should be kept oc­cupied all the time.

Mr Ratukalou urged par­ents to make good use of Government’s education funding.

The Government’s educa­tion funding, he said, had allowed them to open their education account.

He said the province would help students in their education, but they had to ask for the type of help they wanted.

Edited by Epineri Vula

maikab@fijisun.com.fj


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