Jul 082013
 

In my last post, I took you on a virtual tour of a remote Fijian village on Qamea island.  One of the most enlightening aspects of this cultural visit was the tour of the village Primary School.

Vuanicau Primary School -  Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Vuanicau Primary School – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

School Building

School Building

We first met with the school principal in the library.  He explained how the Fijian school system works and told us a bit about the school’s programs and initiatives.  We were very impressed with his dedication to his school and his students, and we were equally impressed with the curriculum (which seemed to be both highly organized and progressive).

Togo School Vision Sign

That's the principal wearing the tie

That’s the principal wearing the tie – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

School Library Sign

We were then taken to several of the classrooms to see the teachers and students in action.  Each class had prepared a short performance of song and dance.  The students were eager to engage with us and give us hugs, and some were anxious to see the photos we had just taken of them.

togo kids singing

togo girl in classroom

Coconut Crafts

One of the younger classes - Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

One of the younger classes – Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Togo Fijia Alphabet

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

The teachers’ eyes were filled with pride and happiness, yet they maintained the role of formal disciplinarian. While most were Fijians from Qamea, this teacher is from the Polynesian island of Tuvalu.

Tuvalu Teacher

As we left the school, some of the older kids were on recess.  Their faces were filled with a mix of excitement, shyness and more than a touch of curiosity.  I wonder what they will grow up to be in life?  Who will become a teacher, a doctor, a fisherman or even a divemaster?

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

Photo by Mr. Reeftraveler

togo schoolkids

I’ll leave you with this thought, one of several staked in the ground just outside of the school.  Couldn’t we all use a bit of inspiration?

Inspirational Sign Togo

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  2 Responses to “A Visit to Vuanicau Primary School, Togo Village, Qamea Island, Fiji”

  1. Wow look at those beautiful kids. What an experience Meredith!

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