The Fijian Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts met with UNICEF to discuss the support required to ensure that disaster-affected children will now be able to resume studies for the start of the school year.

Minister for Education Rosy Akbar says the support provided by UNICEF will go a long way.

Adding that the opening of schools in Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa affected areas is an important step in the recovery process as children rely on their daily routines for a sense of security. Going back to school will help them overcome the emotional trauma and devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.

Education supplies and technical support are being provided by UNICEF to the Ministry to strengthen the country’s Tropical Cyclone Yasa response, and safe continuation of learning.

The supplies include temporary learning classrooms, school-in-a-boxes that consist of stationery, teacher and classroom materials, student backpacks, as well as early childhood development and recreation kits, and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.

UNICEF will support the Ministry with additional supplies and assistance as needed.

Many of the children affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa in Fiji are located in remote communities. UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts are working closely together to ensure that these education supplies reach all children.

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