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Japan Funds Projects In The Education And Health Sectors

Gospel School for Deaf, Labasa Hospital, Nausori Special School helped in harmonisation with Government priorities Fifty-six students of Gospel School for the Deaf will benefit from a school bus provided
23 Jan 2018 11:00
Japan Funds Projects In The Education And Health Sectors
From left: Gospel School for the Deaf board chairman, Howard Politini; Japanese Ambassador, Masahiro Omura; Nausori Special School manager Jitendra Bhan and Labasa Divisional Hospital medical superintendent, Jaoji Vulibeci during the contract signing at the Japanese Embassy in Suva on January 22, 2018. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Gospel School for Deaf, Labasa Hospital, Nausori Special School helped in harmonisation with Government priorities

Fifty-six students of Gospel School for the Deaf will benefit from a school bus provided by the Japanese Goverment.

This was the comment made by the school board chairman, Howard Politini after the grant contract signing ceremony at the Japanese Embassy in Suva yesterday.

Mr Politini said this project would boost the daily operations and outreach capabilities of the school by providing reliable and regular transport to students with hearing impairment.

The Japanese Government has agreed to provide;

$95,669 for a new School Bus to Gospel School for the Deaf.

$154,092 for the purchse of a new Ambulance for the Labasa Divisional Hospital and

$167,880 for upgrading Nausori Special School.

These projects will be funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Programme (GGP).

“The project for the provision of a school bus to Gospel School for the Deaf and the upgrading of the Nausori Special School are our ongoing support for the education sector targeting students with special needs,” Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Masahiro Omura said.

“The project for the provision of an Ambulance for Labasa Divisional Hospital is our continued contribution to the health sector in Fiji and all three projects are united in their service to humanity.”

He said these projects were in line with the Fijian Government’s national development objectives.

“Such harmonisation is key to Japan’s development cooperation with this country,” he said.

Speaking to the recipients he said:

“I’m confident that these projects will address the difficulties your organisations are facing and assist in the accomplishment of your respective goals.”

The government of Japan has been actively involved in supporting Fiji’s recovery efforts post Tropical Cyclone Winston in the Education Sector through the government of Fiji’s initiative, namely the “Adopt A School Programme”.

Mr Omura said the government of Japan had been supporting nine schools with a total funding of $8.4 million in 2016 and 2017.

Since 1990, Japan has been providing assistance to grassroots communities in Fiji through 335 GGP projects, with the total value exceeding $47.4million.

Mr Omura commended the recipient organisatons by acknowledging their important role in saving lives, providing education and transport facilities to the physically disadvantaged students with special needs.

“It’s my honour to reaffirm Japan’s commitment to providing continued assistance in the Education and Health Sector for the sustainable development of Fiji,” he said.

Labasa Divisional Hospital medical superintendent, Jaoji Vulibeci said the new ambulance would provide a 24/7 response to medical and trauma related emergencies which would improve the hospital’s response time to the sick and injured persons in the Northern Division.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

lusiana.tuimasala@fijisun.com.fj

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