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Students End Years Walking To School On Muddy Road During Wet Weather

For 71 students of Coloi-Naivakacere Primary School in Tailevu, walking in mud­dy and slippery roads has been the norm. This has been the case since the school’s establishment in 2001.
06 Aug 2022 11:53
Students End Years Walking To School On Muddy Road During Wet Weather
Government delegation, staff of UNDP and students at the newly constructed road access on August 5, 2022.

For 71 students of Coloi-Naivakacere Primary School in Tailevu, walking in mud­dy and slippery roads has been the norm. This has been the case since the school’s establishment in 2001.

As of Friday they will no longer have to worry about walking to school on such conditions now that an access road has been constructed by Gov­ernment.

The 300-metre concrete access from the village to the school was funded by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development under its Community Ac­cess Road, Footpaths and Footbridges Programme.

It was done in partner­ship with the United Na­tions Development Pro­gramme.

The new and safer foot­path comes with railings and solar nights for night­time commuters. Parents at the village were grate­ful for because safety has been guaranteed.

In the past, students would miss school be­cause of heavy rain which washed away the road.

School head teacher, Pauliasi Taura, said it was a sad sight to see students walking up the muddy road.

“In the past some of our students got hurt as a re­sult,” he said.

“The road was okay dur­ing fine weather and we do not worry about anything, but when it rains, that’s another story.

“Now everyone can walk to school like a queen and king.”

Acting Minister for Ru­ral and maritime Devel­opment, Jone Usamate, said the project was part and parcel of the Govern­ment’s work of achiev­ing the global mantra of leaving no one behind.

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