Back to school they go

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Friday, January 19, 2018
I have been closely following the stories that The Fiji Times has been publishing as the new school year rolled.
Vunaqoru Village headman Navitalai Matalau, left, helps Naqalimare District School students cross the Sigatoka River. Picture: REINAL CHAND
Vunaqoru Village headman Navitalai Matalau, left, helps Naqalimare District School students cross the Sigatoka River. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Prior to the school opening, this newspaper brought emotional stories of hardship and how students and parents teamed to ensure that the school needs were met.

The heart-touching stories about Grace selling bu with her grandparents and Salanieta and Waisea helping their mum sell bananas at the Suva market made newspaper headlines.

There were many other stories from around Fiji that caught reader's attention. When school started, more stories were published about student's struggles to reach their destination.

On Tuesday this newspaper ran a story on "Death traps" and I was glad to read that FRA CEO Jonathan Moore said that the work required on the bridge was being scoped.

On Wednesday The Fiji Times published a story about the children of Nasava Village in Naitasiri crossing the cold Wainimala River to get to Nasauvere Primary School.

The spirit and team bonding showed by these primary school students touched hearts.

I hope that assistance will be provided to build a foot-crossing or a bridge. In addition, the Kaila! newspaper reported that the students were all smiles after receiving new desks and chairs from the Education Ministry.

A big vinaka vakalevu to the ministry for the timely assistance and for building Nasauvere Primary School! Furthermore, the picture that stood out for me was that of Sikeli Tanawairoro who trekked up the Wainimala River with his school supplies.

Finally, yesterday's newspaper covered a story titled "Tube ride to school" and this time the focus shifted to the students from the district of Naqalimare, who had to brave the cold Sigatoka River to attend school.

Parents and students took risks so that attendance in school is not hampered. Now these are real stories and issues that our children encounter to fulfil their thirst for education.

I am glad that their struggles have been raised because we have Samaritans out there who will help these children. I have seen that issues raised through this newspaper are attended to by generous Samaritans. No wonder many prefer to read The Fiji Times knowing that the newspaper focuses on the truth and cares for all!

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