Teach­ers From NZ Donate to School

Fiji Sun - - Nation - CHARLES CHAM­BERS charles.cham­bers@fi­jisun.com.fj

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

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