A SIGATOKA student shared how 135 students would have been without a school had financial aid for their damaged and old toilet block not been given in time.
Akuila Turaga of Waicoba District School said his school located in the upper Sigatoka Valley was in desperate need of better washroom facilities for years when the NGO Live and Learn stepped in.
Speaking at the Child-Journalist Forum in Sigatoka, the Class Eight student shared that the project was funded by AusAID and a total of $100,000 worth of work was carried out.
"We are really happy as a school to be given this chance at having proper toilets," he said.
"The previous washrooms were very old and damaged by improper use by some younger students."
The school was one of 15 in the country identified by the Ministry of Education as having improper toilet facilities.
"We now have wash monitors in our school now — these are students who look after how students use the washroom facilities.
He also said there was training provided by the officials from Live and Learn regarding the proper usage of toilet facilities.
"Parents, teachers and students all received this training."