3 North Schools Win Fiji50-seconds Video Challenge

The Ministry of Education sent out a circular to all schools on the criteria of the competition.
15 Oct 2020 10:41
3 North Schools Win Fiji50-seconds Video Challenge
Viraj Virendra Khelawan with his grandmother Sant Murti. Photo: Laisa Lui

Three schools in the Northern Division won the national Fiji50-seconds video competition.

The Ministry of Education sent out a circular to all schools on the criteria of the competition.

Students are to tell what makes Fiji special through a creative video not exceeding 50 seconds or through an original artwork accompanied by a description.

Labasa College won the challenge at the secondary school level while Valebasoga Primary School and Qawa Primary School won it at the primary school level.

Valebasoga Primary School winners, Tanisha Lal and Ilimeleki Matakicuruki, were excited about the announcement.

The Year 7 students said it was their first time to participate in such a challenge, and they would do anything for the love of their country-Fiji.

Head teacher, Ashok Kumar, said it was a team effort, all the teachers had contributed.

Year 4 student of Qawa Primary School, Viraj Virendra Khelawan, was excited about the news of his achievement.

Viraj suffers from cerebral palsy, however, it did not deter the youngster to convey his message in commemoration of Fiji’s 50th year of independence anniversary.

He is the first student to be part of an inclusive education programme at Qawa Primary School.

“I am so happy that I have won and be recognised at national level, and I thank the Prime Minister for announcing my name,” he said.

“I also thank the Government through the Ministry of Education for the inclusive education policy.”

Grandmother, Sant Murti, said it was always a challenge to look after his grandson. He has the ability to read, write and converse in three languages.

“The management, staff and student of Qawa Primary School have made special accommodation for Viraj and have been supportive to provide education for him,” Mrs Murti said.

Head teacher Rajnesh Swami said it was the first year for the school to introduce inclusive education and they decided to put it as a theme for the competition.

There are two students with special needs out of the 354 students at Qawa Primary School.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua


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