Special children to benefit from 30-seater bus

Students and Staff of Gospel School for the Deaf recieve their new bus from Mr Iwano during the handover yesterday. Picture LUKE RAWALAI

THE brand new $95,669 bus handed over to the management of the Gospel School for the Deaf in Suva will enable those with hearing disabilities to see what a crucial part of their learning process is.

School head Nirmal Mudaliar said seeing was a vital learning component for those with hearing disabilities.

Ms Mudaliar said the new bus they received from the Japanese Embassy on Friday would benefit the 55 students enrolled at the school.

“The new bus is a replacement for an old bus donated to the school by the embassy in 2003 which has grown old from its years of service,” she said.

Speaking at the official handover of the 30-seater bus, first secretary and head of development cooperation division at the Japanese Embassy, Taisuke Iwano said the project was possible through the Japanese government’s grant assistance for grassroots human security projects program (GGP).

Mr Iwano applauded the Gospel School for the Deaf for playing a vital role in ensuring no one was left behind by making a crucial resource accessible to children with special needs.

“The efforts of the school management in reaching out to families of children with hearing challenges, and in providing affordable hostel and free transportation for the students are admirable,” he said.

“As such the Japanese government and its people are delighted to be a part of this endeavour.”

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