Para­mount to en­joy ed­u­ca­tion: Ku­mar

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You must take ed­u­ca­tion se­ri­ously, says Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing, En­vi­ron­ment, In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Parveen Ku­mar. Chief guest at the Tabu­cola Val­ibar Sangam Pri­mary School golden jubilee cel­e­bra­tion in Labasa on Satur­day night, Mr Ku­mar told the stu­dents to en­joy ed­u­ca­tion. “Learn­ing is for life and what your teach­ers have taught will re­main with you for­ever,” Mr Ku­mar said. “It is para­mount that you en­joy ed­u­ca­tion.” He said it would be­come stu­dents strength be­cause knowl­edge is power. “Through ed­u­ca­tion you will pre­pare your­self for the present and fu­ture.You must take ed­u­ca­tion se­ri­ously. “It will de­ter­mine your fu­ture and the fu­ture of this coun­try.” He re­quested par­ents and guardians to in­vest in chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion. “Just as we in the Govern­ment of the day are do­ing. Please con­tinue to su­per­vise and mon­i­tor your chil­dren. “Teach them the virtues on which Sangam is built on and that is to learn and serve,” Min­is­ter Ku­mar said. “A time to re­flect on the past and cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for the chil­dren of Tabu­cola com­mu­nity.” Tabu­cola Val­ibar Sangam Pri­mary School pres­i­dent and a for­mer stu­dent Mu­niappa Naicker said the school has flour­ished over the years in terms of de­vel­op­ment.

“I have joined the in­sti­tu­tion as a stu­dent in 1967 and stud­ied in class­room built with roof­ing iron on top and weaved bam­boos ly­ing on the mud and on the side cov­ered with mesh wire,” Mr Naicker said. “I vividly re­mem­ber in the 80s and 90s we used to fork out money from our pock­ets to cook meals at the school with vol­un­teers for var­i­ous school projects.”

Min­is­ter do­nated to­ward school project The cel­e­bra­tion ended on a high note af­ter Mr Ku­mar do­nated $1000 for their school walk­way project. Chair­man of the golden jubilee cel­e­bra­tion Shiva Achari said the school was thank­ful to Mr Ku­mar’s kind do­na­tion. “I high­lighted about the need for fund­ing of the school walk­way project dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony and Mr Ku­mar gen­uinely do­nated,” Mr Achari said. “His kind ges­ture has en­cour­aged many to sup­port this school project.” School man­ager Kam­lesh Reddy said the project was in­sti­gated by the ex-stu­dents as­so­ci­a­tion. The ex-stu­dents had al­ready col­lected some funds dur­ing the three day cel­e­bra­tions. “Cur­rently, there is no walk­way and teach­ers and stu­dents strug­gle es­pe­cially when it rains,” Mr Reddy said. Mr Ku­mar said this oc­ca­sion al­lowed him as a min­is­ter in the Fi­jiFirst Govern­ment to reach out to the peo­ple of this com­mu­nity. Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing, En­vi­ron­ment, In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Parveen Ku­mar (stand­ing, mid­dle) with the school man­age­ment of Tabu­cola Val­ibar Sangam Pri­mary School and guests dur­ing the golden jubilee cel­e­bra­tion in Labasa on Satur­day night.

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