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$50 Million Grant Assists 372 Grassroots Projects So Far

The Japanese Government has spent more than $50 mil­lion under Japan’s Grant As­sistance for Grassroots Human Se­curity Projects (GGP) Programme in Fiji. To date 372 projects, including nine for Adopt
24 Jan 2019 11:00
$50 Million Grant Assists 372 Grassroots Projects So Far

The Japanese Government has spent more than $50 mil­lion under Japan’s Grant As­sistance for Grassroots Human Se­curity Projects (GGP) Programme in Fiji.

To date 372 projects, including nine for Adopt a School, have been implemented under the GGP Pro­gramme.

Through this programme, the Embassy of Japan Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Tsug­uyoshi Hada will hand over more than $1,118,558 to Balevuto Public School in Tavua today.

It is for the construction of a school building that consists three classrooms, library, computer room, school office and a tool room along with furniture under Japan’s GGP Programme.

According to a statement released by the Japan Embassy; “Balevuto Public School suffered structural damage to its school buildings dur­ing TC Winston. A whole school block, which housed the school of­fice, library and computer room, three classrooms and a tool room, was affected.

“Students studied in tents and the school management converted the library and computer room to a classroom. This arrangement im­pacted the quality of education.

“It became too hot to study in tents during hot days and it would become too congested to study in the library and computer room.

“The school also had to suspend library and computer classes.

“Upon recognising the need, the Government of Japan funded for the construction of the new school building, the rehabilitation of buildings that suffered damage and also 72 student desks, four stu­dents’ large tables, 102 students’ chairs and five sets of teachers’ desk and chair.

“This assistance has allowed the students an opportunity to study in a better learning environment and also lifted the standard of all build­ings to cyclone proof standards.

“The school also became a reli­able evacuation centre for the 1,000 residents from the nearby and sur­rounding communities.”

Tomorrow Mr Hada hand over $840,520 to Toko Sanatan Primary School also in Tavua for the con­struction of a new four classroom block, rehabilitated and reinforced school buildings, a 5000 litre water tank and 70 sets of students’ desk and chair and two sets of teachers’ desk.

The GGP Programme is part of the overall Japanese Official Devel­opment Assistance implemented by the Embassy of Japan to em­power the people from the grass­roots level.

Edited by Percy Kean

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