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$172k upgrade

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, April 24, 2014

CLASSROOM sessions at Bulavou District School in Seaqaqa will be full of enthusiasm after the handing over of a $172,000 refurbished building by the Australian High Commission.

Made possible through the AusAID-funded Access to Quality Education Program, the upgraded school was a welcome sight for students, teachers and parents of the Nayavusa during an official handing over ceremony held at the school yesterday.

AusAID counsellor of development assistance for Fiji and Tuvalu Joanne Choe said the 97 students of Bulavou District School had new classrooms and facilities in which to pursue their studies.

"This also means that teachers will enjoy improved working facilities that will undoubtedly translate to better learning outcomes for students," she said.

"This handover event is part of the Australian government's current support to Fiji's education sector through the Access to Quality Education Program.

"The objectives of the program are to increase the access to quality for the most disadvantaged students, improve facilities to ensure safer and better learning environments and support the Ministry of Education in assessment, management information systems and other ministry priorities."

She said as a result, the urgent infrastructure needs of Bulavou District School were identified and granted the upgrades.

The upgrade involved the renovation of eight classrooms, the school office and storeroom, renovation to the boys and girls ablution blocks and to the teachers' ablution facilities.

Also renovated were two teachers quarters, construction of wheelchair access ramps to the school building and to classrooms, including the provision of a disability inclusive lavatory, purchase of brand new tables and benches for the students dining room, purchase of one new school computer and IT equipment and new textbooks, science equipment, physical education equipment and musical instruments.

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