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Title: Vunilagi Book Club : lessons learnt from a grassroots initiative in an informal settlement in Fiji
Authors: Halter, Nicholas
Matadradra, Anawaite
Keywords: Education -- Fiji
Urbanization -- Fiji
Information literacy -- Fiji
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: University of Malta. Islands and Small States Institute
Citation: Halter, N., & Matadradra, A. (2020). Vunilagi Book Club : lessons learnt from a grassroots initiative in an informal settlement in Fiji. Small States & Territories, 3(2), 267-282.
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.
Appears in Collections:SST Vol. 3, No. 2, November 2020
SST Vol. 3, No. 2, November 2020

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