Around 240 schools have reportedly been wiped out by Cyclone Winston, leaving 1000s of children without a place to learn and play. Many schools are also being used as temporary evacuation centres, sheltering families who have lost their homes.
UNICEF has been working around the clock with the Ministry of Education to help get children back to normality. In the last week alone UNICEF has supplied 60 temporary classrooms to most-affected schools – and many more are on the way.
Each UNICEF temporary classroom kit includes a large tent and educational supplies sufficient for 40 students and teachers. They allow children and teachers to quickly return to school, to routine and a sense of normality in even the toughest of times. Temporary classrooms also help to keep children safe during the day, when parents and caregivers are focusing on recovery efforts and livelihoods.
Here’s a glimpse of how the tents are getting children back to learning, playing and smiling after the trauma of Cyclone Winston.
In addition to supporting affected children to return to school, UNICEF is working closely with the Government of Fiji and development partners to ensure that affected children and their families have access to clean, safe drinking water, sanitation, health and protection.