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Education the most Powerful Tool for Empowerment: Vuniwaqa

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa told students and parents of Nanuku, that education is the most powerful empowerment tool which can be used to bring about
22 Jan 2019 10:00
Education the most Powerful  Tool for Empowerment: Vuniwaqa
Ratu Kini Sovea and Jone Jiuta from the Ministry of Women , Children and Poverty Alleviation handing over school stationery to the students at the Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa. Photo: Deptfo News

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa told students and parents of Nanuku, that education is the most powerful empowerment tool which can be used to bring about positive changes for our communities.

Minister Vuniwaqa highlighted this after more than 100 students of Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa received their school stationery packages from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa during the handing over of school stationery to the students at the Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa. Photo: Deptfo News

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa during the handing over of school stationery to the students at the Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa. Photo: Deptfo News

The students range from Year One to Year 13 and attend various schools in the nearby areas.

While handing over the school supplies she said: “Education is a basic right of all children and an essential element in preparing them for later life when they would eventually complete their education and move into the workforce”.

Minister Vuniwaqa concluded by sending her best wishes to all students of the settlement for this new academic year.

The Turaga-ni-Koro of Nanuku Settlement, Iosefo Baleinatuvu said that the children came from different family backgrounds and most of the parents are unemployed.

“We are grateful for the donation from the ministry as it will enable most of these students to go back to school “.

He also said that this was the first time for a minister to visit the community and hand over school stationery to the children and this is a huge relief to every family assisted.

Parents of the community shared the same sentiments as Mr. Baleinatuvu.

Daisy Kumar, a 41-year-old single mother speaking on behalf of all the parents thanked the ministry for handing over the packages to the underprivileged children in their community.

She said that she would able to send her daughter to secondary school  whereby she started Year Nine.

Source: Ministry of Women Children and Poverty Alleviation

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