Cadranasiga Youth Club

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Cadranasiga Youth Program Background Information Cadranasiga (meaning “sunrise” in Fijian) District School (est.1856) was the first primary school established in the region of Macuata on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. Vanua Levu (meaning “big land”) is the second largest island in the Republic of Fiji, with a population of about 220,000 – mostly of native Fijian and Indo-Fijian descent (Indian slaves were brought over to harvest sugar cane during the era of British rule). The school is situated within the village of Naividamu (meaning “red Ivi tree”), which borders the northern coast of the island, and has approximately 200 people (all native Fijian) and 50 households. Naividamu is a rural village located 27 kilometers from the nearest township along an unpaved road lined with sugar cane fields and other villages/settlements. There are 105 schoolchildren currently enrolled in classes (grades) 1- 8. The students come from Naividamu and two surrounding villages – Nakalou and Raviravi – also villages populated with only native Fijians. Students from Nakalou and Raviravi board on school grounds from Monday to Friday, returning home for the weekends and holidays. There are 5 school staff members, including the headmaster and 4 teachers, all of whom reside on school grounds throughout the school year. Education in Fiji is neither mandatory nor free. Each boarding student pays about FJ$100 in boarding and school fees, while those who do not board pay slightly less. Students attend classes from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., with recess and lunch breaks. The students are separated into three groups – classes 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8 – and spend the entire school day with one teacher covering the subjects of English, math, sciences, and social sciences. After school the students have sports time in the playing field some days and grounds-keeping and gardening duty other days. The students plant bean, cucumber, cassava and yams in the school garden to sell in the community to support the school and to help feed the boarding students. The boarding students do their own laundry and clean up after themselves at meals, while the students of Naividamu go to their respective
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This note was uploaded on 01/15/2010 for the course BIO 31402 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '09 term at UCSC.

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