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United Kingdom Immediate Assistance for Flood Victims

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Nadi Muslim Primary School, one of the schools in the western side of Fiji affected by the recent floods. School books are washed up along the foot paths

The Acting British High Commissioner, Mr Martin Fidler, today announced support through UNICEF to help the education sector in Fiji recover from the devastating effects of the March 2012 flooding.

The British High Commission is providing FJD 57,388.00 to the UNICEF Pacific Office in Suva for the “Education in Emergencies Relief in Fiji” initiative.

UNICEF Pacific Chief of Policy, Advocacy, Planning and Evaluation, Ms. Samantha Cocco-Klein thanked the British High Commission for this timely assistance. “Education in emergencies is of great importance as it recognizes that in emergency situations, quality education provides physical, psychosocial and cognitive protection, which can be both life-sustaining and life-saving,” she said.

She added that “education eases the emotional impact of conflict and disasters by giving a sense of normalcy, stability, structure and hope for the future. Quality education can save lives by providing physical protection from the dangers and exploitation of a crisis environment.”

In announcing this assistance Mr Fidler sent his heartfelt sympathy to the flood victims and hoped that the donation will help affected individuals and schools. 

This assistance is the High Commission’s immediate response to the State of Natural Disaster declared by the Fiji Government.  Mr Fidler commended the tireless efforts of all those helping victims of the floods at this difficult time.


For more information please contact:

Vineeta Nand   

Senior Political Officer/ Communication Manager                      

British High Commission
+679 3229111 or +679 9907698



Donna Hoerder

Communication Specialist-External Relations

UNICEF Pacific

Tel: +6793300439 or +6799265518



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