PRIME Minister Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama reminded students of Bukama Primary School in Yasawa-i-rara on Yasawa Island of the unprecedented opportunities made available to them by his government.
"There has never been a more exciting time to be a Fijian," he said during the opening of the school yesterday.
"You are growing up with more opportunity in 2014 than any child has had in Fijian history.
"My government has taken the pressure off your parents and is providing free schooling for the first time.
"They don't have to pay your fees any longer here or at high school if you go on to further studies, which I urge you all to do."
Damaged by Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012, the $172,000 new school buildings will benefit 75 students from Bukama and Yasawa-i-rara.
The PM said providing education opportunities were an investment by his government to improve livelihoods and Fiji's economic future.
"It's all about providing a better opportunity for you to gain the knowledge and skills you need when you get older to look after yourself and your own family.
"But it's also for the benefit of our nation, part of my government's vision to make Fiji a clever country and compete better against the rest of the world."
The new school building project was supervised by engineers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and labour was provided by villagers from Bukama.