UNICEF will provide school supplies and technical support to the Fijian Ministry of Education as part of the government’s efforts to strengthen the country’s response to Tropical Cyclone Yasa and the pursuit of safe learning.
The ministry met with UNICEF officials yesterday and discussed the support needed to ensure that children affected by the disaster can still return to school in this new school year.
Supplies include temporary learning classrooms, school boxes with stationery, teacher and classroom materials, student backpacks, development and hobby kits for early childhood, water and sanitation and hygiene supplies.
UNICEF will provide the ministry with additional supplies and assistance as needed, according to a government statement released last night.
These supplies will be used to ensure that children have the resources they need to learn and grow, and training will also be provided for teachers on psychosocial support for children.
“We are grateful for the support provided by UNICEF. The opening of our schools in areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasa is an important step in the recovery process, as children rely on their daily routine for a sense of security, ”said Education Minister Rosy Akbar in the press release.
“Going back to school will help them overcome the emotional trauma and devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Yasa.
“We are working with UNICEF and other partners to make sure our schools are ready for the first term of 2021.”
UNICEF Deputy Representative for the Pacific Vathinee Jitjaturunt said: “We thank the Department of Education, Heritage and the Arts for their leadership, and our partners, including the Australian government and WFP, for providing promptly delivered our school supplies from Brisbane to Fiji. We need to continue our collective work to give children the opportunity to get back to normal as quickly as possible. “