» Japan Provides Funds to School Projects and Training and Productive Authority of Fiji
Embargo: Friday 1st November 2006, 10:00 a.m.
The Government of Japan will provide funding of US$305,235.00 (approx. F$517,000.00) to Nakasi High School, Saraswati Primary Manoca School, Labasa Arya Secondary School and Training & Productive Authority of Fiji 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 recipient organisations will sign grant contracts to formalise Japan’s funding at 10.00 a.m. on 1st November 2006 at the Embassy of Japan, Level 2 Dominion House, Thomson Street, Suva. Details of each project are as follows:
1.) Nakasi High School
A sum of US$88,412.00 (approx. F$150,000.00) will be provided for the construction of a classroom, one fully equipped science laboratory, a two story ablution block and provision of school furniture to assist the school in solving the problem of classroom shortages due to growing demand from scholars of nearby areas. This project will assist the school to cater for parallel classes and ensure equal opportunities to all children enrolled in the School for better education.
2.) Saraswati Primary Manoca School
The Government of Japan, under the GGP scheme, also provides a grant of US$67,665.00 (approx.F$115,000.00), to the school to cover for the building materials and construction costs for a 2 classroom block, an ablution block and provision of school furniture to assist the school in solving the problem of classroom shortages. The provision of new facilities will assist the school in ensuring better education to all the children from the nearby areas.
3.) Labasa Arya Secondary School
The Government of Japan, under the GGP scheme, provides a grant of US$62,676.00 (approx. F$105,000.00) to the school to cover for the building materials and construction costs for a home economy classroom block and provision of new home economy and automotive training equipments to assist the school to become franchised for Fiji Institute of Technology, Certificate in Cookery and Bakery Programme.
4.) Training and Productive Authority of Fiji
The Government of Japan, under the GGP scheme, further provides a grant of US$86,482.00 (approx. F$147,000.00) to the Training & Productive Authority of Fiji for the construction of building for a model plant and provision of a model plant. The provision of a new model plant will assist TPAF to ensure better education to all technical and trade students from the different parts of Fiji Islands.
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 currently enjoyed by the governments and the peoples of Fiji Islands and Japan.