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Japan Boosts 2 West Schools

Two schools in the Western Division last Friday were provided educational assistance by the Government of Japan. The Sigatoka School for Special Education received a 30-seater bus worth $122,000, which
26 Jul 2015 11:47
Japan Boosts  2 West Schools

Two schools in the Western Division last Friday were provided educational assistance by the Government of Japan.

The Sigatoka School for Special Education received a 30-seater bus worth $122,000, which can carry up to 55 students.

This was provided under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Programme.

Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Takuji Hanatani said it was heartening to note that despite the challenges these students were still able to carry out essential livelihood skills on their own.

The new bus will replace the 17-year-old seven-seater minibus that had been servicing the school.

“I am very hopeful that the new 30- seater bus will provide added comfort and pride to the students.

Meanwhile, the Japanese government also handed over a new three-classroom block including furniture at Waicoba District School in Nadroga worth $163,000.

Mr Hanatani said: “It is through education that you will be able to unleash your potential and be successful yourselves.”

Present at the handover were parents, teachers and students of the special school.

“I wish to acknowledge that the Government of Fiji prioritises special education under its overall education framework and allocate separate funds for development in this area.”

Since 1990, Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Programme has implemented 327 projects valued at more than US$18million for the grassroots communities in Fiji.

Mr Hanatani said Japan remained committed to providing assistance for the socio-economic development of Fiji.

“I am confident that these projects will further strengthen the friendship between the people and governments of Fiji and Japan,” Mr Hanatani said.

 




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