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2012: Day 10 @ Lautoka

After two successful days of teacher professional development in Lautoka, we headed out to the schools. Our first stop was at the Drasa Avenue Primary School. Here we donated the 10 laptops that we used for teacher professional development. Afterwards … Continue reading

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2012:Days 8 & 9 @ Lautoka

The workshop conducted in Sigatoka was repeated in Lautoka. With the support of Mr Albert Wise – the Principal Education Officer Lautoka/Yasawa and the Ministry of Education we were able to work with teachers from Drasa Avenue Primary, Jasper Williams … Continue reading

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2012: Day7@Sigatoka

We arrived at Wai District School not fully understanding how the day would evolve. This was a special day in our lives – we were invited to open the school’s new Computer Lab. The lab was no more than 6m … Continue reading

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2012: Day6@Sigatoka

We started the day with a visit to the Nandroumai District School. A feeder road from the main highway took us past farms and homes in Uluisila and Yandua. My ancestors moved here after their indenture was over in the … Continue reading

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2012: Day5@Sigatoka

This was the first time(since we migrated) that we were in Fiji to celebrate the independence day. There was great spirit all around. We attended the celebrations in Sigatoka. Children from a number of schools participated to showcase their undertaking … Continue reading

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2012: Day4@Sigatoka

This morning we headed straight to the school. Our first presentation was on setting up a primary school library. Spreadsheet in Libre Office is a good way to develop a library record that can be easily accessed. Morning tea which … Continue reading

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2012: Day3@Sigatoka

We stopped briefly at the Sigatoka Education District office. It was a sight – Principal Education Officer – Mr Seruppelu Udre and his staff were improvising well. They were working from this building which was once a staff quarters. It … Continue reading

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2012: Day 2@Sigatoka

We were very grateful to Mr Michael Monks – General Manager of the Shangri-La Fijian Resort and Ms. Mereoni Mataika, Service Manager of the Marine Sanctuary for their support of our work in the district. Both Mr Monks and Ms … Continue reading

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2012: Day1@Sigatoka

Our work in Fiji in this round will last for 14 days. We departed Brisbane on 6 October and return on October 20. One of my colleagues – Dr David Nutchey is joining us in the second week in Lautoka. … Continue reading

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2012: Starting all over again

The twelve months have passed so quickly – it seems that we were in Fiji only a few months ago. Well – time flies and our work in Fiji is upon us. A lot of time and effort has gone … Continue reading

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2012: Our collective support so far…

A little more than four months ago, the floods hit Naidovi Primary School and many parts of the western division in Fiji. Given the gravity of the situation, we decided to assist the school. It is amazing what we were … Continue reading

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2012: Floods – Extending a helping hand

While it is disappointing to hear that most of our donated laptops, robotic kits, and possibly half of the library books went under water and therefore will have to be dumped, hearing the stories of what some of the others … Continue reading

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2012: The floods

30/3/12 The Minister for Education in Fiji, Mr Filipe Bole was going to visit Naidovi today. He was interested to see the work we had done with laptops, robotics and library books. School staff and students were eagerly waiting to … Continue reading

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2012: The progress

Dr Brij Lal – The Permanent Secretary for Education in Fiji (like the Director-General of a department in Australia) visited Naidovi in January. He was impressed by the work we started there last year. It is good to see that there … Continue reading

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2011: Day 19 @ Naidovi – Time to go home

Times does fly when you are well tuned into whatever you are doing. We fly out tomorrow. Entering a classroom in Fiji almost 25 years later has been a unique experience. The last three weeks have been most rewarding – … Continue reading

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2011: Day 18@Naidovi

Earlier in the week we travelled to Suva (the capital of Fiji) and met some officials from the Ministry of Education. The meeting gave me some ideas on where their ICT agenda was heading.  Today, we got a chance to … Continue reading

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2011: Day 17 @ Naidovi

The library is almost setup. Given that there are only about 400 books on the shelves for borrowing, one week on – one week off strategy can work. So children can borrow books every second week. For our “one book … Continue reading

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2011: Day 12@ Naidovi

Another very busy day. The presentation for the principals and head teachers went very well. The feedback received from them made it obvious that our initiatives were valuable and important to enhancing the quality of education in Fiji. For me … Continue reading

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2011: Day 11 @ Naidovi

We have been very busy. Getting the activities underway and preparing for tomorrow’s principals and head teachers “conference”. There were two highlights of the day. Firstly, the staff organised a special lunch for us. They called it the “thanksgiving lunch”. … Continue reading

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2011: Day 10 @ Naidovi

Wednesday morning about 7 AM. I am reflecting on my thoughts in the bure house at the resort. Yesterday was a good day. We took the children around to Voua village and took lots of photos.  The children were very … Continue reading

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2011: Day 9 @ Naidovi

Tuesday morning…Got back to our routine after our short trip to Nadi. Yesterday was quite eventful. The building the robots has continued. In the afternoon we talked to the teachers about how libraries need to be set up and managed. … Continue reading

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2011: Day 6 @ Naidovi

Today is Saturday and we have come to unwind at a resort in Nadi. We will be here for the next 2 nights. It is 10.30 in the morning. There are people going past me on this footpath – some … Continue reading

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2011: Day 5 @ Naidovi

It is about 7 AM at the resort. It is Friday and I must admit the last 4 days have been very productive. It is almost like a new dawn for the school to see the new library take shape. … Continue reading

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2011: Day 3 @ Naidovi

It is 7.30 in the evening and I’m reflecting on my thoughts in a Fijian Bure. At this motel the bure is built in the centre of the complex. A bure is a traditional Fijian house. It is very nice … Continue reading

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2011: Day 2 @ Naidovi

We arrived at the school at 9 AM and got stuck into the work. Our main focus was to identify usable books from the existing stock that they had at school. We had some year six students come and help … Continue reading

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2011: Day 1 @ Naidovi

5/9/11 We arrived in Fiji last night on an Air Pacific flight from Brisbane. After a 45 min taxi driver from Nadi International airport, we got to our hotel it was almost 9 PM. This morning we had to the … Continue reading

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2011: The journey

The posts from here on tells the story of our engagement at Naidovi Primary School. Since my last visit in 2009, a new library block has been built. This was made possible through the support provided by the Japanese Embassy … Continue reading

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2011: Getting ready for Fiji – the LEGO robotic kits

We were most grateful to our good friend Eugene in Hong Kong who was very generous with his donation of a class set of robotic kits for our project.  He was able to do this  through his company which distributes … Continue reading

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2011: Getting ready for Fiji – the laptops

The laptops were our next priority. We opted for laptops because they do not need a permanent room in a school. They are also lighter – therefore transportation costs are lower. Our strategy here was to secure a class set … Continue reading

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2011: Getting ready for Fiji – the library books

In order to get this project underway, we needed library books. The strategy was to gather secondhand library books that was suitable for primary school students. One of the TAFE libraries was weeding out its collection – we were able … Continue reading

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What was the motivation behind this project?

A visit to my old primary school in Fiji some years ago was the motivation behind this project.  I had gone to take some photos of places within the school that had become etched in my memory – like the classroom where … Continue reading

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What is the Fiji Project?

Every child should have the opportunity to dream and aim high irrespective of where they are born. Sadly, some children are deprived of educational opportunities. Access to resources such as books and technology that many of us consider to be … Continue reading

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