Kioa Pri­mary School Goes On­line

Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion do­nated 11 tablets worth of $2,500, promised to pro­vide free in­ter­net con­nec­tion for a year

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Edited by Paula Tu­vuki SHRATIKA NAIDU Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Kioa Is­land Pri­mary School on Kioa Is­land in the North­ern Di­vi­sion will now en­joy free in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity. This was af­ter Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion yes­ter­day do­nated 11 tablets worth of $2,500 and promised to pro­vide free in­ter­net con­nec­tion for a year.

It is the only school in the is­land and for se­condary school ed­u­ca­tion, stu­dents move to Labasa, Savusavu or Tave­uni Is­land. Kioa Is­land Pri­mary School head­teacher Sakaio Fi­afia said the school has a com­puter lab­o­ra­tory with four desk­tops ca­ter­ing for 89 stu­dents and six teach­ers. “With lim­ited re­sources it was very dif­fi­cult for us to pro­vide am­ple time for all stu­dents to have ac­cess to com­puter dur­ing com­puter classes,” Mr Fi­afia said. “Only a few stu­dents had the priv­i­lege to use in­ter­net.” “Now thanks to Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion all stu­dents will have the op­por­tune time to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion on in­ter­net by us­ing tablets and at the same time be on the same phase with ur­ban schools,” he said. “Teach­ers can use wifi to down­load ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als, print and use it as teach­ing ma­te­ri­als. “I am very happy be­cause my stu­dents will not be left be­hind and de­prived when they en­ter se­condary schools in Tave­uni Is­land, Savusavu or Labasa as they would be equally ed­u­cated about tech­nol­ogy de­vices.” Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive Am­ba­lika Devi said this do­na­tion was part of the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme which over 200 schools in Fiji are ben­e­fi­ciary of. “The Foun­da­tion has in­vested over $750,000 in ed­u­ca­tion since the pro­gramme was mooted in 2014,” Ms Devi said. “More­over, the Foun­da­tion has in­vested over $15m in di­rect grants since its in­cep­tion in 2004 and we will con­tinue to ren­der sup­port in ar­eas that mat­ters the most.

“Our fo­cus for this year is that we will con­tinue with health, ed­u­ca­tion, in­come gen­er­a­tion and en­tre­pre­neur­ial pro­grammes to en­sure that com­mu­nity re­build­ing is fast tracked and are sus­tain­able in the long run,” she said. “We will con­tinue to help those who help them­selves. “Our re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity is ever grow­ing and we see a lot of pos­i­tive changes in the com­mu­ni­ties that we work with.”

Photo: Voda­fone ATH Fiji Foun­da­tion

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