Rural Community, Chief Praises Government Support



SCHOOL heads at Nailuva District School in Rakiraki were urged to fully utilise valuable resources which assists children not only to read and write, but to understand English to their full potential.

In receiving 40 packs of bags and stationery for the Early Childhood Education students in the district, Nailuva Village chief Ratu Daniele Saratia thanked Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar for being the first line minister to visit the village.

“Nailuva is in the boarder of Ra province, Ba and Naitasiri and it is always a hearty day and time in meeting new faces taking into consideration our remote school location,” chief Seratia said.

“We have children from the nearby five villages attending this school and the contribution today from the minister will greatly assist our children in their learning process.”

The ministry has partnered with charity organization Vision Fiji for its “READ to LEAD Fiji” project which is a reading program aimed at raising the level of literacy in schools.

Speaking during a talanoa session with the community members, Minister Akbar stressed on the teaching of conversational languages in schools to promote peace and unity in the country.

“When your children come to school and enter their classrooms they bring with them the values and discipline they have learned at home so teach them the best,” Minister Akbar said. She highlighted that by 2020, all primary schools in Fiji should have relevant copies of books that are designed to teach English to students who speak other languages.

“Indeed these books are beautiful, fun, colourful, well researched, fiction/ non-fiction, colour coded and graded by its reading level or age and the exercises at each levels are loaded into FEMIS for students to access,” she added.