“Veitaqomaki” means ‘protect’ or ‘guard’ in the local Fijian language. Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa has embraced this in their guardianship and assistance of their Embrace project beneficiary schools including Cuvu District School, Nadroumai District School and the Sigatoka Special School. The resort is closely linked to the community of Cuvu as, for generations, the members of this community have grown up with the development of tourism through the hotel and throughout the Coral Coast region.
The resort works to improve the school’s facilities and as well as complement existing educational programmes through outreach programmes focusing on marine conservation and activities related to the Shangri-La Marine Education Centre. Later this year, the resort plans to extend the scope of its awareness programmes to include Fire, Life and Safety and Health and Sanitation.
The most important aspect of visits to the Shangri-La Marine Education Centre (SMEC) is that the children remain inspired and engaged with what they have learnt. Their visit to SMEC includes a tour of the exhibits, focusing on the relationship between terrestrial and marine environments and how human activities on land impact the ecology of the ocean.
During a recent pre-school week in Fiji the resort hosted around 150 children from kindergartens from the district of Cuvu. The students spent time at the Shangri-La Marine Education Centre, played games and were also treated to a reef tour. Through this programme, young children of this district are being exposed to advocating a healthy environment and are often excited and engaged when they visit Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa.
Help us make a difference and volunteer to plant a mangrove and build a fish house when you stay at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa. When you visit please enquire at the Shangri-La Marine Education Centre or email Ms Mereoni Mataika, Marine Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org