Lami- When we open new schools or school buildings, we open new worlds of opportunity for our young people.
These were the remarks delivered by the Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the new Suvavou Kindergarten in Suvavou Village this morning.
The $150,000 school building- which was funded by the Office of the Prime Minister under the Small Grants Scheme- fitted with new desks, chairs and classroom equipment.
In 2018, the villagers of Suvavou reached out to the Prime Minister to request a school building and today, the Head of Government fulfilled his commitment- a promise that will greatly benefit the children of Suvavou Village, Lami, Bilo, Namuka-i-Lau and nearby areas.
Prime Minister Bainimarama said that investing in education has changed lives, for the better by freeing parents from the burden of school fees, allowing students to pursue their dreams of education and investing in the construction of teacher’s quarters in the rural and maritime areas of the country.
In his address the Prime Minister referred to the success of the opening of the Bau Central College in 2018 to encourage the Suvavou children.
“Since the opening of Bau Central College, the school is now filled with bright young Fijian students, who put their imaginations to work, building an incredible model of renewable energy system, which earned them first prize in a national scholastic competition,” he said.
“Their school may be new on the scene, but that didn’t stop them from going toe-to-toe with Fiji’s best and brightest. They used Government’s investment in their education to break ground on a new legacy of academic excellence, one that will carry on for generations.
“That is what we want for all the children of Fiji, including young students of the new Suvavou Kindergarten. When we build for their future, we set the stage for their success, and empower them to use their talents, their creativity and abilities to achieve great things, for themselves, their families and their country”.
Prime Minister Bainimarama added that despite the global pandemic, our children can safely attend their classes as Fiji is one of the few countries on earth without a large outbreak of COVID-19.
School manager Kelera Tawakilai conveyed the community’s sincere appreciation to the Prime Minister for “answering their prayers”.
“We are indeed very happy for this school. Thank you for investing in our children’s education.”