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Four Students Head For Japan Under Programme

The programme is implemented every summer for eleven-year-old children to participate in various activities such as staying together, learning the Japanese way of life at a homestay and many more.
12 Jul 2019 16:27
Four Students Head For Japan Under Programme
From left: Alfred Taylor, Pranav Kumar, Minister for Education Rosy Akbar, Litiana Muavesi, Rayna Chetty, and Bridge Children Fiji (BCF) Club president Shabneez Shazmine after the presentation at the Ministry of Education office in Suva on July 11, 2019. Photo: Selita Bolanavanua

Four students of Tamavua Primary School will be leaving for Japan tomorrow under the Bridge Kids Programme.

Rayna Chetty, Litiana Muavesi, Pranav Kumar and Alfred Taylor will be attending the two-week Asia-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka.

The programme is implemented every summer for eleven-year-old children to participate in various activities such as staying together, learning the Japanese way of life at a homestay and many more.

Sponsored by the Japanese Government, the students along with the Bridge Children Fiji (BCF) Club president Shabneez Shazmine will be joined by more than 200 children from around the World.

Bridge Children Fiji is the local branch for international Bridge Kids Programme.

Meanwhile, this year there was a change in the structure of the programme where every participant will have to pay a fee of US$1000 (about FJ$2000).

During the presentation of their iTatau to the Minister for Education Rosy Akbar yesterday, Ms Shazmine said they were lucky to have secured a donor. Sajal Narayan, the President and Owner of Best Bet Motor Sales Corp in Virginia in the United States of America donated the US$1000.

She acknowledged Mr Narayan who is also her fiancée for his tremendous help, the Ministry of Education and Tamavua Primary School for their endless support towards the Club.

Ms Akbar wished the students well on their trip and also assured the club that from next year, the Ministry of Education will be taking care of the US$1000 fee and there was no need for any running around anymore. However, she also acknowledged the kind gesture from Mr Narayan.

Fiji has sent about 180 students from all Divisions to participate in the programme over the past 31 years.

Edited by Susana Tuilau

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj

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