» Japan Provides Funds to Batinikama Junior Secondary School and Fiji Vocational and Technical Centre for Persons with Disabilities
The Government of Japan will provide funding of US$129,753.00 (approx. F$218,000.00) to Batinikama Junior Secondary School and Fiji Vocational and Technical Centre for Persons with Disabilities through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.
The Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Masashi Namekawa and the representatives of the Batinikama Junior Secondary School and Fiji Vocational and Technical Centre for Persons with Disabilities will sign grant contracts to formalise Japan’s funding at 10.30 a.m. on 20th December 2005 at the Embassy of Japan, Level 2 Dominion House, Thomson Street, Suva.
Details of the project are as follows:
- The Project for Upgrading of Batinikama Junior Secondary School
A sum of US$43,396.00 (approx. F$73,000.00) will be provided to the school to undertake this project. The project comprises of the construction of a three (3) classroom block and provision of school furniture to assist the school in solving the problem of classroom shortages. The provision of the new facilities will assist the school to establish Form 5 and 6 educations for the students in the surrounding communities. It is anticipated that each year about 100 students will directly benefit from this project upon its completion.
- Project for Provision of School Bus to the Handicapped Vocational and Technical Training Centre
A sum of US$86,357.00 (approx. F$145, 000.00) will be provided to the school to undertake this project. The project constitutes purchase of a new long body school bus, comprising of 18 seats including 4 wheel chairs, to cater for the transportation of the disabled students to and from the Fiji Vocational and Technical Centre for Persons with Disabilities. The provision of this new bus will ease the current transportation problems faced by the school. It is anticipated that each year around 51 students will benefit from this project.
Japan’s assistance to these projects indicates its commitment to contribute to the improvement of the living standards and welfare of people in Fiji Islands and is in line with its Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy of promoting development at the grassroots level. The GGP programme is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include water supply, health, basic education, vocational training, sanitary environment and rural infrastructure. It is hoped that this assistance will help further strengthen the friendly ties between the governments and the people of Fiji Islands and Japan.