FOR the 100 odd students of Ratu Nemani Primary School near Momi in Sigatoka, assistance provided by the Japanese Government has been a godsend.
Head teacher Sirilo Lovokuro said prior to last year, the rainy season was a muddy affair because the school grounds and surroundings were usually inundated and soggy.
He said it was unpleasant also for students who had to move to different classrooms for classes.
"We received $42,000 in assistance for a drainage system and that has helped us a lot, especially the students and staff during periods of heavy rain," Mr Lovokuro said.
The Japanese Government also provided the school with a volunteer last year.
A touring team of Japanese officials were told Takahiro Togo has had a tremendous impact on the school and students.
"Takahiro has improved school pride and also changed the way we conduct physical education," Mr Lovokuro said.
"Children now wear proper uniforms. He also shared different ideas and instilled a deep respect for Japanese culture in our students.
"At the same time he has adopted our culture and participates in all our activities."
Representatives from the office of the Prime Minister, government ministries, Japan's deputy head of mission Kinzo Nakagun, officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency and members of the media visited projects funded and facilitated by the Japanese Government yesterday.