Education for underprivileged children in Fiji

 
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Jul 14, 2014

A Wheelchair for Muhsin

Dear Supporter, 

In our continuing efforts to support children and underprivildged schools in Fiji, GVI has recently responded to a request passed on from the Nadi Branch of The Fiji Red Cross to assist a four year old boy from Nadi who has been unable to walk since birth due to a syndromic condition.

Muhsin Shaheem, is not able to support himself and has been reliant on a basic child’s push chair/stroller. Child’s sized wheel chairs are difficult to find in Fiji and very expensive. His parents struggled to find the funding for a more suitable wheelchair so that Muhsin would be able to move around and improve his ability to support himself and eventually to help him be able to attend school.

The GVI CT has now funded, thanks to your donations and support, a wheelchair, imported from the USA, that is suitable to Muhsin’s needs and which has already drastically improved his quality of life and his parents ability to care for him.

Thank you for supporting this project and for making a difference for Mushin.

All the best

GVI Fiji

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May 19, 2014

Full Time Education at New School

Dear Supporter,

Thanks to the overwhelming support this project has received, last year we decided to test a pilot education project in a new school. After the success of the 2013 pilot project, GVI was invited by the school management of Dawasamu Secondary School to begin a full time education project there. The pilot project gave an idea of the needs of the school and the ways in which GVI could assist, but the implementation of the project full time would create several issues that would need to be dealt with to get the project up and running effectively. These were:

  • Quickly developing a strong working relationship with the teachers and management
  • Efficiently assessing which students needed one-on-one support and setting up a program with achievable goals
  • Find ways to enrich the education experiences of the students

With these three core objectives; GVI felt that it could successfully begin a long term project at the school.

Volunteers and staff have gone to considerable lengths to engage with the teachers and committee members to make them aware of what GVI is doing at the school. This has been achieved through informal conversations between staff and volunteers (including GVI having lunch with the teachers on a daily basis) and more formally through update letters written by project staff and given to the principal and school manager.

To get the one on one program up and running, students suspected of needing extra help were given a test based on the required numeracy and literacy abilities of students as they leave primary school. Those that were not able to complete the tests or required additional helpful were shortlisted as needing one on one assistance. Then, in collaboration with the teachers, space was found in the timetable to give them one-on-one support.

Finally, to enrich the educational experience of the students, GVI set about designing posters for their classrooms on a variety of topics, repainting all the school blackboards and delivering engaging art lessons that included topics such as the water cycle, rainwater harvesting and health awareness.

As the school enters the ninth week of the school term, GVI goals for the year are on course to be met. GVI has:

  • initiated a one-on-one program
  • built a relationship with the school management and teachers
  • given lessons on health issues and climate change
  • initiated the construction of a second rain water tank

From this short time at school GVI have also created new objectives such as building vegetable gardens for each form and repainting the school library. The first few months of the program have helped to define GVI’s role at the school and set the ground work for a program that will greatly impact upon the lives of children from the Dawasamu district.

This has only been possible with your support. Thank you and we look forward to talking more about Dawasamu in the future!

All the best

GVI Fiji

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Mar 10, 2014

Clean School Waste Management Initiative

Eco Warriors
Eco Warriors

Dear Supporter, 

Navunisea School is a rural primary school located in the Dawasamu District on the eastern coast of Viti Levu. At the end of the school day the children sweep out the classrooms and the mixed rubbish is either burned or buried in the school compound. 

 The current waste management system was not sustainable and burning rubbish caused the emission of black smoke and the release of harmful toxins on the school grounds. However, the school does compost its organic kitchen waste or feed it to the pigs. This has been encouraged and Navunisea School staff agreed to aim for all organic waste will be disposed of in this way.

The GVI team wanted to build on the previous success it had with the primary school children’s sustainability lessons, presentations and the village clean up. We wanted a long term and sustainable waste management system, which could be managed by the school.

Teachers were introduced to the Clean School Programme during a professional development session led by the GVI Primary Education Project Leader, who discussed the opportunity to start a sustainable waste management programme in school. Staff were keen to establish the Clean School Programme, considered goals for the school to achieve and ways to monitor and sustain the new system in the long term.

To support the delivery of environmental education in school, GVI scholar Jenna delivered a two-part training session to volunteers. Firstly she introduced the volunteers to the Clean School Programme, its aims and outcomes. Then she demonstrated examples of lesson plans for music, art as well as agriculture and diversity lessons, which could be adapted across the school. 

Our aim is establish the Clean School Programme for the long term and work towards a zero burning policy. Thus ensuring Navunisea School is a healthy and beautiful environment for the children of Silana to learn in.” – Eleanor Hanson, GVI Education Project Leader.

Thank you for supporting the children in our communities.

All the best

GVI Fiji

Dec 24, 2013

Vinaka vaka levu!

Vinaka vaka levu!

That means thank you in Fijian and a big thank you to you for supporting our communities in Fiji in 2013 from GVI Fiji and the GVI Charitable Trust.This Christmas and New Year, the schools are close but that does not mean we can's start preparing for 2014!

At Navunisea School, Silana there is no library and very few books, which has impeded the development of reading skills. However, fundraising and donor support is providing us with funds which we hope to contribute towards combating these issues. 
At Ratu Meli Memorial School, our classes have come along nicely in 2013:
  • Class one has learnt about the letters A-Z and started reading. They learned about the nurse, the doctor and the safety rules on the road. Also they like to sing the song “I am a music man” and “old Mc Donald.” Every morning we start to “read” the rhymes “humpty dumpty”, “twinkle twinkle”, “georgie porgie” and “pat a cake.”
  • Class two likes to write and draw stories. They often do group activities. In mathematics they work very hard. 
  • Class three, our smallest one, is very enthusiastic. In P.E. they often play rugby and soccer. This is obvious because there are eight boys and one girl. 
  • Class four, our biggest one (23 students) work very hard. They do lots of reading and spelling. Once a week they have a library lesson. They visit the school library, chose a book and try to read it out loud.
  • The upper classes also have some computer lessons. Typing and working with computers is very important, especially for the students they’ll go to high school on the mainland. The high schools expect them to be able to work with computers.

Thank you for supporting these classes, children, teachers and communities in Fiji, these progresses are not possible without you. We hope to bring you more exciting news next year!

All the best

GVI Fiji

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Oct 31, 2013

Harvesting Ratu Meli Memorial School's vegetables

Dear Supporter,

 

The vegetable gardens at Ratu Meli Memorial School have been a huge success. Not only have they generated food for the students to eat for their lunches but the vegetables have also been sold to Blue Lagoon Resort. With the help of the students, GVI has planted eggplant, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, long bean, French bean, cucumber, pumpkin, coriander, tomatoes, and chilies. While the majority of these vegetables are harvested during each classes gardening time, GVI has now started bringing the excess vegetables or those that the women cooking lunch do not use to Blue Lagoon Resort with the profits going to the school. Blue Lagoon Resort already supports Ratu Meli so it made sense to ask their chef if he would be interested in buying fresh vegetables from the school. Over the school holidays, GVI bought over lettuce and coriander to Blue Lagoon, the chef was really impressed with how fresh the vegetables were and expressed an interest to continue purchasing both items from Ratu Meli. Blue Lagoon normally has their vegetables sent up from the mainland so buying locally not only ensures that their meals are fresher but that they can also continue their support for RMMS.
We hope to continue running the vegetable garden to continue towards providing a source of income for the school and generating food for the students. Thanks for your continuing support for us here.
Many thanks
GVI Fiji

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Project Leader

Sophie Birkett

GVI Charitable Trust Manager
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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