» Japan Provides Assistance to Two Primary Schools
Embargo: Friday, 8th August 2008, 10.30 a.m.
The Government of Japan provides assistance worth US$153,954.00 (approx. F$220,000) to Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School and Lomary Catholic Primary School through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.
His Excellency, the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Masashi Namekawa will sign the grant contract with Mr. Ganga Prasad, the Head Teacher of Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School and Father Soane Fotutata, the Manager of Lomary Catholic Primary School, to formalise Japan’s funding assistance to the two schools at 10.30 a.m. on 8th August, 2008 at the Embassy of Japan’s Conference Room at Level 2, Dominion House, Thomson Street, Suva.
Details of each project are as follows:
- Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School
Japan provides funding assistance worth US$65,518.00 to Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School is a multiracial school in Koronivia, for construction of a two-classroom building complex. The new classrooms will ease the difficulties off students and teachers, generally associated with classroom shortage and, will empower Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School to offer quality education facilities to the increasing number of children attending the school. This School was established in 1937 and lately faced shortage of adequate classroom space to cater for 396 children attending the school from nearby areas.
- Lomary Catholic Primary School
Japan also provides funding assistance of US$88,436.00, for construction of a new two-classrooms and a library with furniture to Lomary Catholic Primary School. The School was established in 1906 and had wooden buildings that deteriorated over the years. The new classroom block will replace the old building and thereby, provide a better learning facility to some 440 children attending the school. Lomary Catholic Primary is a multiracial school, located at Pacific harbour, is hopeful to provide an equal opportunity for learning to the children of Lomary and nearby villages through this timely assistance from the Government of Japan.
The Government of Japan believes that by providing assistance directly to schools in Fiji will not only ensure effective use of grant, but also achieve Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy objective of promoting development at the grassroots level. Japan acknowledges education is the key to socio-economic development and hopes to continue assisting schools in Fiji through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects Programme (GGP). It is hoped that this assistance will strengthen the friendly ties enjoyed by the Governments and the people of Japan and Fiji Islands.