Pic caption: EU Ambassador Andrew Jacobs with students from the winning team, the “Race Club” following presentation of their prizes at the European Delegation Office in Suva today.
The European Union Ambassador for the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs today handed out prizes to winners of schools which took part in the “Amazing EU Race”, held in Suva in May. The race was held as part of celebrations to mark Europe Day in Fiji and the Pacific.
The prizes consist of desktop computers – three computers for the winning team, two for the team in second place and one for the third place getter. In first place was the “Race Club” which consists of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Suva Grammar School and St Anne’s School; International School of Suva came in second place and Nehru/ILO “End Child Labour” Team bagged third place.
“The “Amazing EU Race” has become an important part of our Europe Day activities in Fiji and its popularity has grown tremendously – thanks to your support and enthusiasm. The race itself demonstrates team spirit, collaboration and unity and these are values that the European Union also holds dear,” said Ambassador Jacobs.
“A clear example of unity is how the European Union has grown in size with over half a billion people who live in its 28 Member States. Overwhelmingly, they live in peace, unity, security and prosperity.
“Young people are our future and our leaders of tomorrow. We are privileged that you continue to support our work in Fiji and the Pacific through events such as the “Amazing EU Race”. You are an important part of our vision for the future that we want. We are proud and very happy to be able to present these prizes to you today and we hope that these computers will assist you in a small way, with your continued learning and development,” Ambassador Jacobs said.
Children between 12 and 15 years took part in the “Amazing EU Race” on 9 May, exploring the Suva city centre through 12 pit-stops, beginning from the FDB building on Victoria Parade and finishing up at the Fiji Museum. At each pit-stop the teams were expected to answer three questions: two about the European Union and one about Fiji in order to move onto their next pit-stop. Each pit-stop was supervised by an official from the European Union.