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Handing Over Speech for the Project for Upgrading of Vunidawa Sanatan Primary School

By: His Excellency Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa, the Ambassador of Japan


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8th July 2011, 11.00 a.m., Naitasiri

 

The Head Teacher, Mr. Rajendra Prasad,
Members of the School Management Board,
Teachers, Parents and Children,
Invited guests,

 

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Good Morning, Namaste and Ni sa bula to you all

From the outset, I wish to express my appreciation for your generosity and the warm reception extended to me this morning. It gives me a great pleasure in attending today’s handing over ceremony of three classrooms and an ablution block project funded by Japan at Vunidawa Sanatan Primary School. I guess these new facilities can be described as Japan’s love and care for the grassroots people of Fiji particularly, to the community of Vunidawa.

I also wish to convey to you my Government’s deepest gratitude for the message of condolence and offers of assistance from the Government and people of the Republic of Fiji during and aftermath of the unprecedented March earthquake and tsunami that devastated part of Japan leaving behind mass destruction and loss of our beloved ones.

Even so, Japan remains firm with the belief that proper classroom facilities greatly contribute to the holistic development of a child during learning process. It is for this reason that Japan has been focusing on development of schools that are inundated with poor basic educational facilities. Such assistance by developmental partners such as Japan greatly relieves financial burden on stakeholders including Ministry of Education of improving facilities and making learning enjoyable and more rewarding for the children. Furthermore, the Fijian Government’s announcement to introduce School Zoning scheme will make Japan ODA policy of upgrading rural and needy schools more effective and meaningful. In this regard, I request every stakeholder of this school to work collectively on the maintenance of this building to sustain its useful life for future generations of Vunidawa.

Since the inception of its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects programme in 1993, Japan funded 256 projects with a total value of approximately 11.4 million US dollars around Fiji. Under the GGP Programme, Japan continues to provide small and flexible grants to support development projects at the grass-roots level through its GGP Programme that is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include education, water supply, basic sanitary environment, health, vocational training and rural infrastructure. In the last Japanese fiscal year, namely April 2010 to March 2011 period, Japan had identified 13 projects under its GGP scheme with a total value of approximately 1 million US dollars, and among these 13 projects, nine were considered for schools around Fiji. Today’s handing-over ceremony also commemorates Japan’s fifth project in Fiji to be handed over successfully.

Finally, this project is the most evident manifestation of the close relationship enjoyed by the people and Government of Japan and the Republic of Fiji. With these few words, ladies and gentlemen I shall officially declare the new classrooms and toilet open to the children of Vunidawa and I remain hopeful that these new classrooms will motivate you children to work harder in school.

Thank you, Dhanyvaad and Vinaka Vaka Levu

 

 

 

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