Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes says Australia is committed to supporting Fiji’s efforts to improve its local disaster preparedness and response efforts to improve education in Fiji.
While speaking at Buruwa Youth Memorial School and Nasesevia Secondary School’s teachers quarters handover, Feakes says the Australian Government recognises the role of teachers as first responders in schools, and the importance of meeting their basic needs in providing and enabling, positive and safe learning environment for the children of Fiji.
Minister for Education Rosy Akbar says that one of the aims of the Fijian Government is to provide a holistic and empowering education system that enables all children to realise and appreciate fully their inheritance and potential, contributing to peaceful and sustainable development of Fiji.
She says upgrading school infrastructure in particular is a significant area of need adding there is a lot to be done and they are conducting a survey of school infrastructure to identify what facilities and infrastructure are needed in schools.
She says they are thankful that Australia is supporting in this area.
The Australian Government has been working together to provide materials and labour for repairs and restoration in six flood‑affected schools.
The schools include Buruwa Youth Memorial School, Nasesevia Secondary School, Ba Muslim School, Xavier College, Naroko Primary School and Taiperia Methodist Pre‑School.