The Fijian Government has spent over $240 million dollars so far to rehabilitate schools that were damaged by the Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.
Speaking at the commissioning of new classroom blocks at Navoli Sangam Primary School in Ba and Rakiraki’s Nawaqavesi Primary School, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Rosy Akbar says over 400 new buildings have been constructed and 1,350 buildings upgraded.
“The Ministry of Education has successfully upgraded and rebuilt the vast majority of schools, some with assistance from foreign governments, which were destroyed and damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016,” Minister Akbar said.
In Navoli, over $400,000 was invested for the successful refurbishment and renovation of its classroom blocks, including an early childhood education centre. The newly renovated classrooms at Nawaqavesi were coordinated by the Asset Monitoring Unit with a total cost of $749,375.00 that will benefit 91 students.
“Four hundred and thirty-four schools sustained various levels of damage from TC Winston across our country. As we progress into the third year post-TC Winston, a significant amount of work has been done. Some projects are in process as we have had to spread the budget over 3 financial years due to significant costs.”
“The Construction Implementation Unit is managing 206 projects while the ministry is carrying out minor upgrade works for 125 schools.”
Earlier in the week, Minister Akbar also commissioned new classroom blocks for A.D Patel College and DAV College in Ba.