School rehabilitation works

Simon Hazelman Savusavu | Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I believe the slow rehabilitation works on cyclone-ravaged schools is because of the shortage of building materials, lack of skilled workers and limited qualified building contractors.
Construction work at Vunivasa District School on Koro island on Monday. Picture: JONA KONATACI
Construction work at Vunivasa District School on Koro island on Monday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 cyclone was the most intense cyclone in the southern hemisphere and it has become the costliest cyclone on record.

Globally, it has become the second strongest cyclone to make landfall in recorded history.

For a developing country such as ours the devastation has definitely set us back in many ways, for some, to the very lowest extreme. Recovery in most areas will take years.

When we consider all the adversities brought about by Winston it is encouraging and reassuring to see our government of the day steadfastly rebuilding despite the limited resources.

It would therefore be unreasonable and inconsiderate for anyone to question rehabilitation works, but instead have understanding and patience.

Emosi Torosi, the headteacher of Kade District School on Koro has the right attitude in stating that "this work did not choose us, we chose this work and no matter the circumstances we have to perform our duties to the best of our abilities" (FT:10/02).

The priority here is for our children to get the required education and that needs to be our focus regardless of whether it is in a tent, under a tree or on the beach.

I remember my school days at Levuka when on several occasions we had classes outdoors and it was awesome! In fact, I learnt more outdoors than when I found myself confined to four walls!

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