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Educational Materials for children affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan

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Mr Kotobalavu from the Ministry of Education receiving educational supplies from UNICEF

“UNICEF recognises the importance of education in emergencies. Education eases the emotional impact of conflict and disasters by giving stability, structure and hope for the future. Schools provide a safe and protective environment and is a means of restoring a sense of normalcy to the lives of children,” said Ms. Isabelle Austin, UNICEF Pacific Deputy Representative and Officer-in-Charge.

Receiving the materials on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Master Matavuso Kotobalavu, Principal Education Officer of the Assets Management Unit said “the donation of educational materials to help with the preparation of all affected schools is timely given that the start of the school term is only a week away. We are grateful to UNICEF and the committed staff for their assistance.”

Each School-in-a-Box kit caters for up to 40 primary school-age children and contains:

· Exercise books

· Crayons, pencils, pens, markers, paint, sharpeners, erasers

· Blackboards and chalkboards

· Flipcharts

· Compass, rulers, set square and an inflatable globe

· Cubes, scissors and a teaching clock

· Wind-up radio

“UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Education to provide basic learning materials and promote quality educational activities. We are committed to getting all affected children back to school,” Ms. Austin said.

The tarpaulins and tents will be given to 22 affected schools in the Western division. Working with the Ministry of Education, Save the Children Fiji and other national and international partners, UNICEF is helping to coordinate the education sector response.  

Funding for School-in-a-Box and other emergency education materials has been supported by Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid). 

For more information, please contact Donna Hoerder, UNICEF on (679) 3236 100 or dhoerder@unicef.org

 

 

 
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