Kiribati school receives support to rebuild

Students are learning in tent classrooms provided by UNICEF.

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Kauma Adventist High School in Kiribati has received much-needed support to rebuild following last November’s devastating fire.

The fire destroyed a number of offices and classrooms, including computer and science laboratories. Printers, computers, tables, chairs, textbooks and other equipment were lost, however the school library was saved.

UNICEF has provided temporary (tent) classrooms for the affected students. The tents are designed to resemble a typical classroom, complete with desks and chairs, and are sturdy enough to withstand strong winds and adjustable to suit different weather conditions.

The school has also welcomed two donations from the LDS (Latter-day Saints) Church, including 12 desktops and other equipment.

Kiribati Mission president Pastor Taabua Rokeatau expressed his gratitude for the donations from UNICEF and the LDS church. “The school has already started this year with more than 400 students enrolled and these timely donations will help ensure that the students of Kauma Adventist High School can continue their studies without any further interruptions,” he said.

The donations are vital to the Adventist education system in Kiribati, which has faced many challenges in recent years. Pastor Rokeatau is anticipating the construction of the new classrooms to begin soon, allowing students access to a safe and permanent learning environment.

UNICEF has provided tent classrooms for the affected students.

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