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Japan Provides Funding Assistance to Natoaika Village Primary School, Naitasiri
Press Release No: 4/2013
Date: 14th February, 2013
The Government of Japan continues to provide development assistance to the education sector, which benefits educational institutions in Fiji. The Natoaika Village Primary School will celebrate the opening of facilities that were funded under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) programme.
Mr. Osamu Nakamura, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan will represent the Ambassador of Japan to the Government of the Republic of Fiji, H.E Eiichi Oshima on the handing over of a new ablution block, walkway, school fence and upgraded water system to Natoaika Village Primary School, to culminate Japan’s funding assistance to the project. The handing over ceremony will be held at Natoaika Village Primary School on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 10.00 a.m, Natoaika village, Naitasiri.
Natoaika Village Primary School was established in 1949 in the remote area of Naitasiri providing education from classes 1 to 8 to around 110 students from the surrounding areas. The school’s old ablution block is in deteriorated condition which requires immediate attention. In addition, the school is not fenced, resulting in animals and people roaming around the schoolyard. Furthermore the Village faced serious water shortage due to the increase in the village population, compelling school children and villagers to use the river for drinking water. As a result, the school formally requested the Embassy of Japan for funding assistance through its Grant for Grassroots and Human Security Programme (GGP).
The Government of Japan, under the GGP scheme, provided a grant of approximately F$155,000 to cover the building materials and construction costs for the new ablution block, walkway, school fence and upgraded water system to assist the school to cater for all students and provide a safer learning environment. The project will not only improve classroom environment, but also provide equal opportunities for students to achieve academic excellence.
Japan recognises education as one of the largest elements supporting human security. Investments in education will not only benefit individuals but the community at large, and not only for now but also the future generations. The Government of Japan remains confident on assisting more Fijian educational institutions in the future.
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