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Govt Initiative A Big Relief For Ravita’s Family Of Four

Mother of two says the Government assistance has empowered them to face their hardship with a positive attitude as they prepare for the 2019 school year. Mother of two Sanjuini
07 Jan 2019 12:52
Govt Initiative A Big Relief For Ravita’s Family Of Four
From left: Nishab Narayan, Aditi Narayan (sister) and mother Jyoti Narayan of Nadera doing their back to school shopping at the Post shop in Suva. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Mother of two says the Government assistance has empowered them to face their hardship with a positive attitude as they prepare for the 2019 school year.

Mother of two Sanjuini Ravita could not imagine what life would be like without the Government’s education assistance.

When she does the math,” Ms Ravita says her family would be really struggling if they were required to also pay school fees, bus fares and textbooks.

As she and her husband joined thousands of parents to finalise their back to school preparation for their two primary school children Ms Ravita said: “ The Government is very good and supportive education wise,” she said. She echoed the sentiments of many parents.

“Before we had to pay for everything but now the Government has already paid for the school fees, bus fares, textbooks etc. We, the parents, only have to buy exercise books, uniforms and sandals/shoes for the kids.”

Ms Ravita, 40 of Makoi, between Suva and Nausori, said the Government had lifted a big burden off the shoulders of parents.

She said the Government’s help had cushioned the impact of the growing cost of education.

She said it had empowered them to face their hardship with a positive attitude.

This meant wisely budgeting the modest income that her husband earned as a mechanic to ensure that the priority needs of the family were met, she added.

She is able to set aside enough money to prepare her sons for another school year.

“Today I am looking to spend $200-$300 for my two sons’ back to school shopping,” she said.

Brothers Shashwat and Shirish Lal of 8 miles Nasinu doing their back to school shopping.  Photo: Simione Haravanua

Brothers Shashwat and Shirish Lal of 8 miles Nasinu doing their back to school shopping.
Photo: Simione Haravanua

“I started my shopping from last year even before Christmas so I don’t have to rush last minute so for us today we are here to buy the boys new uniform and shoes.”

Her son, Shashwat Lal, 14, said he could not wait to return to school.

“I am so happy that school is about to start and the Government has helped our parents a lot in so many ways in regards to our education,” he said.

“I can’t wait to meet my friends and study hard. I want to become a pilot.”

The new school year starts January 14.

“We are ready,” said Ms Savita.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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