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Vunilagi Book Club: lessons learnt from a grassroots initiative in an informal settlement in Fiji

Halter, Nicholas and Matadradra, Anawaite (2020) Vunilagi Book Club: lessons learnt from a grassroots initiative in an informal settlement in Fiji. Small States and Territories, 3 (2). pp. 267-282. ISSN 2616-8006

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    Abstract

    Vunilagi Book Club is a recent example of innovative female leadership to promote literacy and education in an informal settlement in Fiji. Informal or “squatter” settlements in the capital of Fiji have existed for over 50 years and received significant (albeit intermittent) attention from foreign donors and the national government; yet, the underlying causes of poverty and disadvantage remain. This paper examines the case of a small-scale literacy community initiative with a qualitative approach based on close observation and participation in the group’s activities since its inception. These lessons learnt suggest that women are key agents of change in the community and that informal grassroots reading classes have the potential for improving the education of children in informal settlements. Closer study of the social relations and constraints within informal settlements suggests that solutions to the challenges of inequality and access to education must originate from within informal settlement communities.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Nicholas Halter
    Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2020 14:08
    Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 14:08
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12460
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