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New classroom block eases school woes

The opening  of a furnished two classroom block and toilet facilities at a Lautoka school has come as a relief to the school authorities who had previously watched a classroom
03 Mar 2017 15:32
New classroom block eases school woes
Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute in Lautoka’s classroom being opened by the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani yesterday. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

The opening  of a furnished two classroom block and toilet facilities at a Lautoka school has come as a relief to the school authorities who had previously watched a classroom block destroyed by termites.

In 2013, termite infestation destroyed two classrooms and a toilet block at the Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute at Saru Back Road in Lautoka.

To cater for its large number of students, classes were held in the school’s dining hall, library and computer room.

The lack of proper toilet facilities also resulted in male students using the teachers’ toilets and female students using the toilets located in the girls’ dormitory.

Yesterday, Japanese Ambassador Takuji Hanatani handed over the new classrooms and toilet facilities to the school, which was valued at $151,640.

It was funded under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.

“I sympathise with Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute for the difficulties it endured,” Mr Hanatani said.

“The construction of new classrooms furnished with new furniture will provide a conducive environment for delivery of quality education.

“The new toilet block will also raise hygiene and sanitation standards here.

“On the other hand, this project will restore normalcy to the school’s affected facilities.”

Mr Hanatani said this project was in line with both Fiji’s national development initiative for education and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Such harmonisation is a key to Japan’s development co-operation with Fiji,” he added.

“I am pleased to say that since 1990, we have provided continued assistance to grassroots communities in Fiji by implementing 345 GGP projects, worth more than US$20million (FJ$41.4m).”

Mr Hanatani urged the students of Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute to always give their best.

“Your school is the winner of the Vodafone Under 19 Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League Championship for two consecutive years, in 2014 and 2015.

“Rugby is Fiji’s national sport. Winning this prestigious title is not easy. So, already you have a very popular example amongst you that shows hard work pays off.”

Mr Hanatani said this project would further strengthen friendship between the people and Governments of Fiji and Japan.

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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