Destination Dreaming received some extremely exciting news in our inbox this week. Nasivikoso Village, home to our longest partnership in Fiji, is now one step closer to their own primary school.
Currently, the village’s children must walk for almost two hours to attend school at a neighbouring village, a journey which becomes dangerous and often impassable in the wet season. We are thrilled to report that after 18 months of negotiation, the Fijian Ministry of Education has this week approved the establishment of a school in Nasivikoso and funding for a teacher.
Beneath this exciting development lies a history of six years of micro-education projects in Nasivikoso, from the provision of education resources to teaching exchanges for pre-service teachers in a community that had been denied government funding for a teacher. Destination Dreaming travellers have fallen in love with this amazing village and have assisted in raising $16,000 for the much-needed primary school and gaining the attention of the government of the need for a school.
It has been quite a journey to this point in the project. Over the past 18 months, Destination Dreaming has worked beside Nasivikoso Village to establish the Village School Committee, set up the Village School Trust Account, register the School Constitution, complete and lodge forms for school establishment, facilitate fundraising events and negotiate with government officials. A special thanks must also go to Vinaka Fiji, a charitable group set up by past Destination Dreaming participants from Warrnambool that has raised $10,000.
The generous funds contributed by supporters from across Australia will be used to purchase local building materials for the two classrooms, bathrooms and playground, with construction expected to commence in the next two months. Destination Dreaming would like to thank the many supporters of this project for their invaluable contribution.