Teachers From NZ Donate to School
Agroup of former Fijian residents now teaching at a New Zealand primary school have banded together to provide school equipment, including desks and chairs for Teidamu Primary School in Lautoka.
The group are all teachers at Sutton Park Primary in Manqere, Auckland and in making the donation, said their school would adopt Teidamu Primary School.
In receiving the donation, divisional education officer West Albert Wise called on parents of all schools in Fiji to involve themselves more in the cleanliness of school surroundings. Mr Wise said that for too long schools had not had any or very little involvement from parents. “Teidamu Primary School has been neglected by the community and I call upon parents to become more active in the school.
“While the inside of the school where children learn is clean, the outside should also be clean and this is where you parents come in.” The group was led by Satya Anand and included Mohammed Atik, Tazmin Atik, Ravisha Dutt, Sujata Reddy and Abdul Khan. Ms Anand, originally from Labasa, said every student at Sutton Park wanted to contribute something when this idea was first mooted. “In a way it taught them to give and help others during times of disaster,” Ms Anand said. “We, the teachers who are back home, feel the pain you are going through because we were born here and know it.” Mr Khan said it meant a lot giving back to the community. “I was actually here during TC Winston and could not go back,” he said.” “We wanted our children at Sutton College to give, but do it with an open heart.” Teidamu Primary School headteacher Eremasi Donu said the school was extremely grateful for the donation. He said all classroom blocks were destroyed and the students were using only one block and a tent. Each student was handed a new school bag and a pencil case and the donations included white boards, cereals and other foods, two television sets and assorted items. Edited by Jonathan Bryce