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Japan Provides Funding Assistance for Provision of New Classrooms and Renovation Works to Two Schools in Cakaudrove

Press Release No: 30 / 2010

Date: Friday, 3rd September, 2010

 

The Government of Japan provided assistance worth F$307,500.00 to Niusawa Primary School in Taveuni and Kasavu Primary School in Savusavu through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.

The Charge d’ Affaires of the Embassy, Mr. Takeshi Tanabe represented the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, H.E. Yutaka Yoshizawa to sign grant contracts with Mrs. Mailakeba Moce, the Head Teacher of Niusawa Primary School, and Mr. Frank Whippy, the Chairman of Kasavu Primary School, to formalise Japan’s funding assistance to the two projects. The signing ceremony was hosted by the Embassy of Japan in its conference room at Level 2 of Dominion House, Suva, at 3.00 p.m. on Monday 6th September, 2010.

Details of each project are as follows:

 

1. Project for Upgrading of Niusawa Primary School

The Government of Japan provides F$169,500.00 for construction of three new classrooms and renovation works at Niusawa Primary School. The School was established in 1927 to provide basic educational facilities for primary education to the children of Taveuni in Cakaudrove Province. Presently, there are 163 children in the school, and, with the damages sustained during the two cyclones earlier in the year, the old wooden building structure is near mishap and declared unsafe to be occupied by Taveuni Rural Local Authority. The three new classrooms will greatly assist the school by replacing the sub-standard deteriorated wooden classrooms and offer best facilities and equal opportunities for the children of Taveuni to achieve academic excellence.

 

2. The Project for Upgrading of Kasavu Primary School

Japan also provides funding assistance of F$138,000.00 for general renovation works on the colonial style wooden school building at Kasavu Primary School. The School was established in 1928, and accommodates 87 children from nearby settlements and communities. This project will ensure necessary upgrading works is undertaken by the school management on the existing deteriorated buildings which were erected during the colonial era. In addition, the new toilet block, also funded under this project, will ease the pressure on present toilet facilities, which has been deteriorating due to its heavy usage, and also improve the pupil-toilet ratio at the School.  With the formalisation of this project today, the school will commence repair works on classroom and toilet facilities soon to realise the project and offer better environment to create equal learning opportunities for the children of Savusavu.

 

The Government of Japan believes that by providing assistance directly to recipients in Fiji not only ensures effective use of the grant, but also achieves Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy objective of promoting development at the grassroots level. Japan acknowledges basic education as the key to socio-economic development and hopes to contribute in the improvement of the daily lives of the people of Fiji through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects Programme (GGP). The Embassy is hopeful and confident that such cooperation will serve to strengthen the friendly ties enjoyed by Japan and Fiji.

 

 

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