Fiji’s small­est prov­ince tar­gets ed­u­ca­tion

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BO­LATIKI Edited by Epineri Vula [email protected]­

Fiji’s small­est prov­ince, with five dis­tricts and 24 vil­lages, is mak­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of its chil­dren one of its main pri­or­i­ties.

Serua Prov­ince, in south­ern Viti Levu, is putting this pri­or­ity fo­cus into ac­tion by open­ing an ed­u­ca­tion ac­count.

Roko Tui Serua, Seru Ratukalou said they usu­ally had funds for ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents in the prov­ince, but when Gov­ern­ment pro­vided fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tion it opened this ac­count.

Last year he said they opened the ac­count with $30,000 and would add an­other $30,000 af­ter the Serua Day fundrais­ing event.

“For this year we’re tar­get­ing $70,000 in the two­day event and $35K will go to ed­u­ca­tion and the other $35K will go to the Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil of­fice,” Mr Ratukalou said. On Thurs­day, the Serua Day at the Lo­mary Se­condary School ground was opened by the (tribe) Korolevu and they gave $10,525. The clos­ing, Mr Serukalou said, would be done to­day by Buren­itu dis­trict.

He said the event col­lected $26,000 yes­ter­day and more would be col­lected to­day from mem­bers of the prov­ince.

“We’re op­ti­mistic to reach our tar­get be­cause more peo­ple will come to­day,” he said.

Mr Ratukalou said the prov­ince was pri­ori­tis­ing ed­u­ca­tion and urged par­ents to sup­port their chil­dren in their school work. He said par­ents should make use of the school hol­i­days to spend qual­ity time with their chil­dren.

The chil­dren, he said, should be not left alone and they should be kept oc­cu­pied all the time. Mr Ratukalou urged par­ents to make good use of Gov­ern­ment’s ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing.

The Gov­ern­ment’s ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing, he said, had al­lowed them to open their ed­u­ca­tion ac­count.

He said the prov­ince would help stu­dents in their ed­u­ca­tion, but they had to ask for the type of help they wanted.

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