Students and staff of Taveuni South Secondary School receiving their stationery from USP Labasa Campus staff.
Students and staff of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Labasa Campus including business houses in Fiji’s northern division distributed stationery for cyclone-affected schools on Taveuni from 11– 13 May 2016.
A total of FJ$7560 was collected and used to buy stationery.
There was also a donation of stationery from business houses in Labasa including 100 green bags from USP’s Book Centre.
The move was initiated by an Assistant lecturer at USP’s School of Education, Dr Rosiana Lagi, following a visit to the affected schools during one of her Education course tutorials in Taveuni.
Other items included exercise books which carried the USP logo, pencils, erasers and rulers.
The items were delivered to students of Lavena Primary, South Taveuni Primary, South Taveuni Secondary, Vuna Primary, Navakawau Primary and Salialevu Primary School.
“We thought we would assist students and teachers whose stationery was destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Winston,” Dr Lagi said.
“It may take longer to recover their stationery hence this could be the first help they can get while waiting to get back on their feet,” she added.
She added this will also boost the students’ morale in knowing that they are cared for.
Lavena Primary headteacher Sigarara Naisamoa acknowledged the items saying that USP Labasa campus was the first to bring stationery for their students and they were more than grateful for this assistance.
So far the University has contributed FJ$100,000 towards the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation Fund, and as part of a larger effort the Students Association and Campus Life office together with other sections of the University continue to raise funds over the next few months.
Faculties and Departments at USP are also contributing through non-monetary efforts such as mobile science laboratories for affected schools and counselling services.
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