It was a timely donation as 60 cartons worth of reading books was given to the Early Childhood and Niue Primary School this morning.
NZ High Commissioner to Niue-Helen Tunnah presented the books to the teachers and students and hopes the books would be a colorful and informative addition to their school Library.
“The books are really good quality and we are so grateful to Jan Jones and the Rotary Club of Johnsonville for the donation, ” said Ms Tunnah
She adds that sometimes its nice to put the tablet down and read a book and read as a family or a group.
Niue Primary School Teacher-Sialefai Simelika was grateful for the donation and was certain the students would be keen in reading the collections of children’s books soon.
New Zealander Jan Jones who initiated the book donation lived in Rarotonga with her husband having taught there for many years was inspired during her stay there as she saw the need that pre-schools and primary schools could use more resources than they had and so started collecting books.
The books had initially been scheduled to be delivered to Rarotonga but due to unforeseen circumstances, the resources ended up in Niue. Through the assistance of The Rotary Club of Johnsonville, the books were brought in by the Royal NZ Navy boat HMNZS Manawanui.
Secretary of the The Rotary Club of Johnsonville -Geraldine Needham-Girven hopes the resources will be used by teachers at pre and primary school level to assist with their teaching and to ensure students have access to more books and resources than they otherwise might have had.
About 1500 books in total were donated to the school.