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More aid to come

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, December 07, 2012

THE Japanese government remains confident of assisting more Fijian educational institutions in the future.

The assurance from the Japanese Embassy comes as Natoaika Village Primary School in Naitasiri prepares for the December 13 opening of facilities funded by the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project program.

Established in 1949, the school provides education from classes one to eight to about 110 students from surrounding areas.

The statement said the school's old ablution block was in a bad shape and required immediate attention.

"Furthermore, the village faced a water shortage due to the increase in the village population, compelling schoolchildren and villagers to resort to drinking river water," the statement said.

"As a result, the school requested the embassy for funding assistance through its Grant for Grassroots and Human Security Program."

The statement said the Japanese government provided about $155,000 to cover the cost of building material and construction of the new ablution block, walkway and upgraded water system.

"The project will not only improve the classroom environment but provide equal opportunities for students to achieve academic excellence," the statement said.

It added that the Japanese government prioritised human security and would not hesitate to assist institutions that needed help with their schools.

"Japan recognises education as one of the largest elements supporting human security.

"Investments in education will not only benefit individuals but the community at large and not only for now but also future generations."





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