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Japan helps Nadroga schools

February 23
09:34 2014

Japan Overseas Co-operation Volunteer (JOCV) Takahiro Togo with students at Ratu Nemani Memorial School teaching them how to make Sumo wrestlers out of paper on Thursday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

By JUSTINE MANNAN

The government of Japan’s Grant Aid Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) has helped two Nadroga schools improve their drainage systems.
Ratu Nemani Primary School and Nabila Public School were helped with a grant of USD $95,114.
“We have had three big downpours and not a single drop of water has entered the school because of the improved drainage system,” said Sirilo Lovokuro, Ratu Nemani Primary School’s headteacher.
Mr Lovokuro said the days of missing school were over and the drains improvement had made the school look cleaner.
Peni Saurara, the official development assistance co-ordinator, said, “Students don’t have an excuse now to not to come to school and now that the drains have been fixed and improved I think it is a big plus for the school and the community.”
Physical Education
Ratu Nemani Memorial School also has Takahiro Togo, a Japan Overseas Co-operation Volunteer on a two- year stint at the school teaching art and crafts and physical education.
His passion for teaching children and learning from the children made him fall in love with Fiji. In Japan he is a primary school teacher.
 “I love Fiji and I love Fijian people especially the children. Normally in the schools I have taught at, the children did not speak much English but here the children speak very good English and it also helps me in my English,” he said.
“Today we had crafts and I was teaching the students how to make a sumo wrestler out of paper. We go through the steps one by one and I make sure they understand and then we put those steps into action and make a sumo wrestler.” Mr Togo said.
“He has made tremendous contribution to the school and to the schoolchildren. When he arrived we all saw things from a different perspective upon hearing his ideas especially regarding physical education. He bought a new sense of excitement when it comes to sports, which is every Friday,” Mr Lovokuro said.

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