Boost for special school

THE Nadi Centre for Special Education received $180,000 upgrade thanks to funding and assistance provided by the Japanese Government.

The upgrade included the construction of a three-classroom block along with furniture and a brand new toilet block.

The new facilities were handed over by Embassy of Japan counsellor and deputy chief of mission, Tsuguyoshi Hada, on Friday.

In a statement, the Japanese Government, stated it came to the aid of the school after being informed that the existing classroom block built in 1989 had deteriorated over the years and was a OHS hazard with rotting floors and walls, leaking roof and had structural integrity issues.

The classroom block had also been deemed too small to cater for the growing number of students enrolled in the school — the overcrowding had created an environment not conducive to learning.

The school’s toilet block required urgent repairs and was not built to serve children with special needs.

School headteacher Reena Devi said the upgrades were very timely.

“We would like to acknowledge the assistance given to us by the Japanese Government because we would not have been able to fund it on our own,” she said.

The Nadi Centre for Special Education has a roll of 168 students.

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