Project LOVE 2011 supporting Children FIJI

Supporting Schools and Children of Fiji:
Help Green Earth Systems support the children and re-build Fijian schools in the rural communities, provide solar lights, computers, books and bedding. Support remote villages: Help Green Earth Systems provide power and fresh drinking water to remote villages. Solar Power can be used for basic electricity and to Provide lights in the common areas . Fiji’s compulsory education age is 15, which is also the minimum legal age for work. The law also prohibits Fiji children below 18 from working during school hours. But just as in many developing countries with high levels of poverty and low levels of social welfare, child labour laws are either poorly enforced or ignored as strict implementation could lead to the affected family going without food. Children are exploited through prostitution, pornography and sex tourism, and they are trafficked within Fiji for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation by Fiji citizens, added the report. The U.S. State Department’s ‘2008 Fiji Country Report on Human Rights’ said increasing urbanisation has led to more children working as casual labourers, often with no safeguards against abuse or injury.

All children have the right to a quality education to develop their skills, build their confidence, and set them up for a positive future.  While many developing countries are making significant progress towards achieving universal primary school attendance, children with disabilities are increasingly being left behind. Mainstream schools are often not equipped to manage the development of a child with special needs, leading to marginalisation, exclusion, and even discrimination.  To help some of the poorest and t vulnerable children in Fiji stay in school, Australia is supporting a number of special needs institutions to improve their quality of education services, renovate their facilities, and ease their financial burdens.  The Access to Quality Education Program highlights the Australian Government’s strong and on-going commitment to support Fiji’s education sector’, said Ms Judith Robinson, Acting Australian High Commissioner. ‘The new program will increase access to education by reducing financial barriers. It will also improve infrastructure and facilities in the most disadvantaged schools to ensure learning environments are adequate and safe and contribute to improved learning outcomes,’Launched in Fiji in October 2011, the five-year program will invest $30 million to improve education services for children with disabilities and those from poor, remote areas, building on Australia’s continued work in Fiji’s education sector.

 

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Supporting GVI programs   http://www.gviaustralia.com.au/programs/volunteer-children-fiji/

Supporting The Vinaka Fiji Trust http://www.vinakafiji.org.fj/volunteer-programmes/education-volunteering