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$1.1 Million Classroom Block Ends Days Of Tent Classes

The days of attending classes under a tent are over for 54 students of Balevuto Public School in Ba. These students have endured the conditions of having classes under a
25 Jan 2019 09:41
$1.1 Million Classroom Block Ends Days Of Tent Classes
The Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, Tsuguyoshi Hada (third from right) with school officials cutting the cake before officially opening the new classroom block on January 24, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

The days of attending classes under a tent are over for 54 students of Balevuto Public School in Ba.
These students have endured the conditions of having classes under a tent after their school structure was damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016.

Those days of hardship ended yesterday when a new chapter began after the Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Japan, Tsuguyoshi Hada officially opened the school’s new classroom block and provided new sets of furniture amounting to FJD$1, 118, 558.

The project which was under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme, consisted of new furniture, three classrooms, library, computer room, school office, tool room and a generator room constructed separately which stores a 10Kilo (Volt X Amps) generator.

Mr Hada said although TC Winston left an indelible mark on Fiji, it did not stop the continuation of students’ ability to be educated.

“TC Winston may have shaken and destroyed your classrooms and learning facilities, however, it is evident that it has not shaken your dreams to pursue excellence in education,” Mr Hada said.

“Looking at the new school buildings which meet category five cyclone standards, coupled with your willingness to strive for education, I believe that your dreams and aspirations will be achievable.

“It is important that we rebuild schools not only to provide a conducive learning environment but also to such standards that withstand natural disasters.”

Mr Hada encouraged the students to continue to strive for excellence and work hard.

He said Japan would continue to stay committed in assisting Fijians.
School head, Neel Prasad, said the new facility would now ensure a new learning environment for the students.

“The aftermath of TC Winston was a challenge for parents, teachers and the students,” he said.

“It is also my hope that the improvement of infrastructure will be the first step towards many great accomplishments of the students and the school.”
Edited by Percy Kean
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