THE Japanese Government has formalised a $686,765 assistance handover to four local schools — Ratu Luke School, Vakabuli Primary School, South Taveuni Primary School and Lekutu District School — through their Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects Program (GGP).
The money will be divided among the schools to assist in the rebuilding of classrooms and other facilities.
Speaking at the signing on Friday, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Japan Kinzo Nakagun, said he was honoured to preside over such a contract.
"Since we recognise that education, disaster prevention, water supply as well as safety are the largest elements supporting the GGP initiative, we seek to serve human security based on such principles," he said.
"I remain hopeful that these projects will be completed successfully and become good models of co-operation between Japan and the Republic of Fiji."
As part of the projects, the schools will be upgrading their classrooms, creating evacuation centres and making sure their rooms comply with OHS standards.
Vakabuli Primary School will place emphasis on areas that were affected by last year's Tropical Cyclone Evan.