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School Digitalisation Benefits All: A-G

“It is critically vital as well for students and communities within the reception radius area to make wise and safe use of the internet resources on offer.”
02 Feb 2022 13:31
School Digitalisation Benefits All: A-G
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, shows Dawara villagers the different channels accessible on their Walesi platform on February 1, 2022. Photo: Sampras Anand.

Digitalising schools and rural communities has always been a priority for Government.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this while commissioning the wifi-enabled internet connection for Dawara District School and Village yesterday.

This was the fourth such assistance made to schools in the Northern Division during his three-day visit. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the internet connection would enable students and adults alike to source recent and correct information.

“We want to create an equal playing field for all students irrespective of being located in the urban or rural areas,” he said.

“It is critically vital as well for students and communities within the reception radius area to make wise and safe use of the internet resources on offer.”

The internet connection was possible after the Government took a loan from the World Bank to connect over 40 sites in the Northern Division.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum mentioned the Southern Cross submarine cable installation that starts from Australia and connects to Vatuwaqa was a vital internet hub for the South Pacific.

“After Samoa requested to connect to our cables in Vatuwaqa, their cables had to pass through Taveuni and Vanua Levu, which provided us with an opportunity to install internet connection to these areas,” he said.

This was part of the $1.2-$1.4 million-project allocation.

“From this WiFi connection, villagers can call on Viber and messenger to converse with their loved ones in other areas in Fiji and abroad,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

 

School and Community thankful

School Manager, Wakesa Kuruwale, was grateful to the Government for ensuring their small remote School and Village was connected to the life-changing internet connection.

Ms Kuruwale said the wifi-enabled internet connection has benefitted 52 students in their education

She said 58 households in Dawara Village had also been assisted with internet.

“This initiative is a stepping stone for our locality because it has been a long wait since our establishment back in 1883,” she said.

Taniela Soqenaiyabo, 14, said he would now have access to information on a broad spectrum when compared to the previous

Taniela was optimistic and looking forward to join secondary education (Year 9) on April 11 with a new mindset and internet accessing experience.

The school was also assisted with a new laptop, webcam device, printer and solar system.

 



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