‘Tents Are Set By Global Standards’

The tent is good enough to withstand bad weather conditions,
16 Jan 2021 11:55
‘Tents Are Set By Global Standards’
Seven-year-old Semi Nataba will be going into Year 3 this year at Bua District School. Photo: UNICEF

The temporary learning spaces or tents by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are set by global standards said organisation Pacific Deputy Representative Vathinee Jitjaturunt.

At a press conference in Hotel Northpole in Labasa yesterday, Ms  Jitjaturunt said the tents were meant to be used on a short-term basis like three months.

Ms Jitjaturunt explained they stepped forward to supply tents to assist the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts to begin the new school year on schedule which is January 18.

“All 35 schools affected significantly by TC Yasa have tents,” Ms Jitjaturunt said.

“The ministry had asked us to assist the teachers with tents because some quarters have been totally destroyed and hence we had set it up.”

Tents come in two sizes ie. 42 square-metres and 72-square metres.

“It depends on the size of the classroom. The primary and preschool received smaller sized tents,” she said.

“Wooden flooring material would be provided inside the tents and currently, we are working together with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and Australian Defense Forces to get this done.”

“The tent is good enough to withstand bad weather conditions,” she said.




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