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 New $2.1million School Wing Now Open

“The education of Fijians of all ages in all parts of the country has always been my Government’s greatest priority.”
15 Jun 2022 14:14
 New $2.1million School Wing Now Open
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Year 10 student Verenaisi Tasere, Emirates Red Crescent deputy secretary general, Hamoud Aljneibi, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Premila Kumar, school manager, Jacob Pauu and Sigatoka Methodist College principal, Timaima Katonivualiku on June 14, 2022. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Prime Minister, Voreqe Baini­marama opened the $2.1mil­lion new Sigatoka Methodist College wing at Kulukulu, Sigatoka yesterday.

The new United Arab Emirates (UAE) wing would cater for two streams of Year 12 and two streams of Year 13 students.

The college currently catered for students from Year Nine to Year 13 in the Laselase Wing and Year 11 to Year 13 students in the Nayawa Wing in Sigatoka.

 

The new UAE wing would be open for classes to students in Term Two commencing next month.

The new wing was equipped with an industrial arts workshop, a com­puter lab, a science lab and a home economics lab.

The project was through the joint effort of the Fijian Government, the Methodist Church of Fiji and the Emirates Red Crescent.

 

Mr Bainimarama said the new wing was part of an effort to relo­cate the school due its vulnerability to flooding and lack of room for ex­pansion.

He said the students of Nadroga could now look forward to enjoy­ing the safe, secure education they deserved without having to worry about rising water levels when it rained.

“We have always said that every Fijian student must have access to an equally high standard of learning no matter where they live whether in the city or in a ru­ral maritime community,” said Mr Bainimarama.

“These are world class facilities that enable every student to go to their fullest potential preparing them to be valuable Fijian and glob­al citizens.”

 

He said it was wonderful to see stu­dents back in class.

He said the students experienced an event that their parents and grandparents never had, that was the global pandemic.

He said the pandemic kept stu­dents at home away from their teachers, away from a normal learning environment and away from friends.

 

“Fiji simply wasn’t Fiji without our schools opened and filled with students who are busy with the business of learning.

“The education of Fijians of all ages in all parts of the country has always been my Government’s greatest priority.”

He encouraged students to always prioritise education.

Mr Bainimarama acknowledged the commitment and sacrifice put in by the teachers and parents to keep the children learning.

 

College principal, Timaima Ka­tonivualiku said the opening of the new wing was the school’s greatest achievement.

“We established our school farm to assist the school in building our school fence due to its proximity to the roadside,” said Ms Katonivua­liku.

She said they would increase their harvest in another four weeks and seek financial assistance for fur­ther development of the school playground.

 

Emirates Red Crescent Deputy Sec­retary General, Hamoud Aljneibi said the project reflected the UAE’s needs to support Fiji’s efforts espe­cially in the education sector.

“The UAE Red Crescent’s initia­tives are through the Emirates Red Crescent efforts to invest in human beings, achieve their aspirations and achieve their dignity,” he said.

The Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates is the Unit­ed Arab Emirates affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The authority was founded in Abu Dhabi in 1983 with support of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

There are 765 students in the col­lege.

 

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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