LAKEBA STUDENTS VISIT PARLIAMENT
‘The visit preparation had been a challenging one given our locality, but we wanted to bring our children to come and witness and learn new things. We are just so glad to be here’
Christmas came early for about 80 students from three primary schools on Lakeba in the Lau Group. They visited Parliament for the first time the past week. Leaving their island home on November 18 for a lifetime trip, the students had one thing on their minds.
It was to reach the capital city and explore, including a visit to Parliament House. The students had anticipated a trip which was labelled ‘a memorable one’. School teacher Inoke Covukimabula said the students were from Ratu Finau Primary School, Waciwaci and Uluiqalau District Schools, all on the island of Lakeba. Mr Covukimabula said they were planning for the trip since last year with fundraising drives being a daily activity for them to financially support the tour. “The three schools had been planning for a trip to Viti Levu and we all decided to join forces since we are all from Lakeba,” he said. “The visit preparation had been a challenging one given our locality but we wanted to bring our children to come and witness and learn new things. We are just so glad to be here.” Mr Covukimabula said their visit to Parliament was going to benefit the students with their studies. “We arrived here on the 19th and so far, the students have learnt a lot. Apart from visiting Parliament, we also travelled to the West and other exciting places here in Suva.. “We are indeed thankful to the Parliament of Fiji for giving us this opportunity. “The students will certainly take back with them a lot of good memories about this most respected organisation and also the many new things they have seen here in Suva.” The students were accompanied by 18 teachers and 40 parents. They return to Lakeba on Friday.
Students, teachers and parents of the three Lakeba primary schools in Parliament.
Students in Parliament.