$78k toilet facility for district school

Students of Naseakula District School with Japanese Ambassador Masahiro Omura, far right, at the newly renovated toilet block. Picture: SUPPLIED

STUDENTS of Naseakula District School in Labasa have been gifted with a newly-refurbished toilet facility costing about $78,050.

The project was funded by the Japanese Government.

At a handover ceremony in Labasa, Japanese ambassador to Fiji Masahiro Omura said poor facility conditions raised health risks for students and teachers alike.

“The toilet facilities were also located at quite a distance for the kindergarten students,” he said.

“Accessing the toilet facilities and utilising it had proven to be a challenge for the young students.

“In addition, the school also lacked adequate water storage facilities which posed sanitation and hygiene concerns, which would force the school to close because of lack of water.

“Naseakula District School will have toilet facilities that comply with the health regulations. Students will also have a more sanitary environment to learn as the new toilet facility has been relocated at a desirable distance.”

He said students of Year Six and Year Eight would also receive a boost to their external examination preparations with their rehabilitated toilet facilities.

“Additionally, the kindergarten students will have an accessible and more user friendly toilet facility that is appropriate for their height,” Mr Omura said.

“Furthermore, the 10,000 litre water tank will ensure consistent water supply to the school and will help in keeping the school in its daily operations.

“The Government of Japan has provided funding for this project through its Grant Assistance For Grassroots Human Security Projects program or GGP in short.”

Mr Omura told parents, teachers and students that since 1990, Japan had provided continued assistance to grassroots communities in Fiji through implementing 374 GGP projects, with the total value exceeding $US25 million ($F53.25m).

“As Fiji continues its nation-building process in the years ahead, Japan remains committed to providing assistance for the socioeconomic development and enhancement of human security in Fiji.”

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