STUDENTS of Natoaika Village School in Nausori will now be more focused and learn better in a comfortable environment with their new school furniture.
The New Zealand High Commission assisted the school with $9175 for the purchase of 50 sets of new desks and chairs for the primary school, as well as 30 desks and chairs for its preschoolers.
Headteacher Kelevi Qoro said the new furniture had not only improved the set-up of the classrooms but triggered the mind-set of the community, giving them a positive insight on the progress of the school.
Mr Qoro said the school had a shortage of furniture because of the increase in school roll and the preschoolers had to sit on the floor because there was no furniture at all.
Meanwhile, another rural school in Ba — Vunisamaloa Sangam School -— was also assisted with $4920 worth of classroom furniture to further enhance students' learning to boost their performance.
Headteacher Akeshni Prasad said the assistance allowed the classroom environment to be conducive to learning, which contributed to accomplishing academic excellence.
NZ's acting head of mission Jark Ramsden said through the NZ High Commission's small grants scheme, many remote schools were assisted with educational materials, furniture, tuition fees, construction of buildings and walkways, water tanks and others.
"We are very pleased to provide New Zealand Government financial assistance to remote schools to contribute towards improving educational facilities and resources."