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Japan school grant

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, September 08, 2012

THREE schools that lack proper facilities as a result of this year's flood will no longer have to worry as the Japanese Embassy has provided them with about $350,000 for upgrading works.

Votua Catholic Primary, Natoaika Village Primary and Vitogo District schools will share $359,824 provided by the embassy.

Votua Catholic Primary School in Ba will have two new classrooms along with furniture and a 10-pan lavatory while Lautoka's Vitogo District will have a 10-pan lavatory and flood measure fence.

Natoaika Village Primary in Naitasiri will have a walkway built along with an ablution block .

Votua Catholic Primary headteacher Akeneta Niubalavu said the assistance provided by the embassy would "kill two birds with one stone".

She said assessments by the Ministry of Education and the embassy found that overcrowding and a lack of toilet facilities were areas of concern for the school.

Natoaika Village Primary headteacher Kelepi Qoro said children in his school faced many disadvantages which ranged from poor ablution blocks, pit toilet facilities, lack of a fence around the school and a lack of water tanks.

"Also some parents have taken their children to other neighbouring schools and this has defeated the purpose of establishing the school in this locality," he added.

He said the proposed works would greatly impact the safety of the children and enhance their lives.