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’

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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.

Photo: Par­lia­ment of Fiji

Stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents of the three Lakeba pri­mary schools in Par­lia­ment.

Photo: Par­lia­ment of Fiji

Stu­dents in Par­lia­ment.

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