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
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!
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!
I hope this finds you well. I have a very exciting report for you today. Quite a long factual report but we hope the data shows clearly the impact this project is having on the children in Fiji.
Global Vision International introduced a one-on-one tuition program at Ratu Meli Memorial School in January 2012. The aim of the program is to help those students who are furthest behind in their class to reach the same academic level as their peers. With the success of the remedial program documented at the end of 2012 through feedback from the class teachers, an additional goal was set for 2013 to gather more quantitative data in order to measure the impact the program was having on the recipient students. This data would then be used to track the progress of students on the 1-on-1 program and also help GVI to tailor make the program to further meet the specific needs of the pupils.
The qualitative data gathered at the end of 2012 indicated that there was a proven need for the one-on-one tuition program and that it was having a positive impact on the academic capabilities and confidence of participating students. Whilst this feedback has proven extremely useful for the GVI Education Project, the purpose of generating quantitative data would be to provide further evidence of the success and provide greater scope for analyzing the progress of individual pupils and the one-on-one program as a whole. The first step to compiling quantitative data on the one-on-one program was to gather benchmark statistics to gauge the current capability levels of the students on the program. In collaboration with the class teachers, GVI wrote short tests for each year group that focused on assessing the numeracy and literacy of the pupils. Along with the teachers’ input, GVI also used class learning records compiled historically by volunteers, which identify specific achievement targets for each subject and student.
The initial results indicated that most students were having difficulty in either Math or English but rarely was a student behind in both subjects. Thus, the volunteers were able to tailor their one-on-one lessons accordingly, increasing the impact of the sessions. During the penultimate week of Term 1, the students were given the same tests and the results were recorded following the same procedure as when they were first delivered.
Almost every student showed all-round improvement in their test scores which is a hugely positive result for the program. It also reinforces the conclusions made from the qualitative data gathered at the end of 2012; the one-on-one tuition program is helping the students that are furthest behind to catch up to the level of the rest of the class. The results also showed a relationship between the number of pupils in a class that are on the one-on-one program and the overall improvement in results. Those classes with the fewest pupils on the one-on-one had the greatest improvement in results. The most likely explanation for this trend is that these pupils received more tuition than in classes where the volunteer had to split their time across a greater number of pupils. Thus, one of the most important lessons learnt from this first set of testing is that the ratio of one-on-one students to volunteers needs to be more evenly distributed so as to ensure that each student has sufficient time with volunteer tutors.
Since the inception of the one-on-one program GVI has been building profiles for each of the pupils receiving additional tuition. These profiles are used to track their progress, record successful teaching techniques and set specific learning goals and timelines for individuals. The results from these first two rounds of testing will be used to enrich the student profiles further, helping to document progress and provide a more comprehensive understanding of individual students’ needs for the volunteer tutors.
The data and feedback gathered from the one-on-one tuition program has shown both qualitatively and quantitatively that it has greatly contributed to improving numeracy and literacy at RMMS, which is one of GVI Fiji’s key goals for the Education program. The results have also provided invaluable information which can be used to develop the program further and ensure that the volunteers are able to have maximum impact while involved with the school. Currently the results generated can only provide a short term indication of the impact the program is having on the pupils’ academic performance, but in time the qualitative and quantitative data gathered will provide a wider outlook of the improvements achieved through one-on-one tuition.
Many thanks as always for all your support. I hope this shows just how much of a sucess this project has been with your support.
On April 22nd GVI Fiji’s team celebrated Earth Day by planting Vesi trees at Ratu Meli Memorial School (RMMS). Vesi are commonly used for coastal protection and windbreaks in Fiji, but in this case the main purpose for planting these trees was to help prevent soil erosion and flooding that occurs at the school during the rainy season. The volunteers were helped by groups of Class 7 and 8 students who were extremely enthusiastic and keen to get involved.
A total of 18 trees were planted at RMMS, and each group of students will continue to monitor the growth of the trees that they planted as part of their weekly gardening lessons. The aim of getting the students involved in the planting of the Vesi trees was to foster a sense of responsibility for their group’s trees and in so doing ensure they are cared for and properly nurtured. The students were already talking about a competition to see whose tree will grow fastest and tallest! In addition to planting the trees, the volunteers also facilitated discussions with the students about the importance of trees, protecting the environment and climate change. When asked why it is beneficial to have more trees in their villages and around the school, many of the students shouted out that it is because trees give you oxygen and provide shade
Along with promoting Earth Day, planting Vesi will also help RMMS become recognized as a Blue School by the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance. In addition to re-forestation initiatives, the Blue Schools Programme aims to increase the scope of lessons on environmental protection in schools and Earth Day presented an excellent opportunity for GVI to do so in a creative way with the students of Ratu Meli School.
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