New walkway to boost students of Coloinaivakacere

Teachers and students of Coloinaivakacere Primary School on the outskirts of Korovou in Tailevu have to endure during rainy days with opening of their walkway on Friday, August 5, 2022. Picture: SUPPLIED

Wading through the mud with sludge almost reaching their knees is what the students of Coloinaivakacere Primary School on the outskirts of Korovou in Tailevu have to endure during rainy days.

This was the normal practice for the 71 students that attend the school.

And because the school is located on a steep hill, the track to school is often muddy and slippery.

However, this will now be a thing of the past, thanks to the partnership between the Ministry of Maritime and Rural Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Governance for Resilience in the Pacific (Gov4Res) share.

Through their collaboration, a 300m concrete footpath was constructed to help ease travel for those students.

Headteacher Pauliasi Taura said parents and guardians would often stop their children from attending school during unfavourable weather conditions because of the poor school road accessibility.

He said students would often miss out on school, resulting in high numbers of absenteeism.

Acting Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Jone Usamate said since 2021, a total of 30 community projects had been risk-screened that were either nearing completion or completed as of July this year.

“I convey our appreciation for the ongoing collaboration between the UNDP team here in Suva and the Fijian Government in bringing services to the people,” he said.

“Through our consistent engagements, we can attest to the strength of partnerships and collaboration to address simultaneous challenges.”

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