Lautoka

Japan gives a new school bus to Sunshine Special School

The Government of Japan donated a new school bus worth $117,365 to Sunshine Special School in Lautoka. The donation was part of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project Program. In a statement, the Japanese Embassy said the increasing student roll placed a great burden on two 17-year-old 12-seater minivans used by the school. […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

July 23, 2016 8:29 am

The Government of Japan donated a new school bus worth $117,365 to Sunshine Special School in Lautoka.

Second Secretary Masayuki Ikeda handing over the mini bus Key to the School Principal. (Japanese Embassy)
Second Secretary Masayuki Ikeda handing over the mini bus Key to the School Principal. (Japanese Embassy)

The donation was part of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project Program.

In a statement, the Japanese Embassy said the increasing student roll placed a great burden on two 17-year-old 12-seater minivans used by the school.

JAPANESE EMBASSY: “Due to intensive usage, these mini-vans are unsafe and inconvenient for the underprivileged students. The frequency of breakdown and increasing cost associated with repair and maintenance has affected the service rendered by the school.”

Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan Masayuki Ikeda said the new thirty seater bus is spacious and safe for students to travel in.

IKEDA: “It will also provide relief to the school in terms of reducing the repair and maintenance cost and hiring cost of vehicles as the current vehicles require high maintenance and they often break down. It will also reduce the time it takes to pick up and drop off all students.”

Second Secondary of the Japanese Embassy Masayuki Ikeda at today's handover ceremony at Sunshine Special School in Lautoka.(Japanese Embassy)
Second Secretary of the Japanese Embassy Masayuki Ikeda at today’s handover ceremony at Sunshine Special School in Lautoka. (Japanese Embassy)

Mr Ikeda said the project will ensure a safe and comfortable travel for the students of the school.

IKEDA: “Now the parents and teachers will not have to worry about the safety of their children as the new bus also has seatbelts for the safety of the children.”

He said the assistance is in line with the Fijian Government Policy to strengthen and support the special and inclusive Education sector.

IKEDA: “This assistance is also in line with the Fijian Government Policy to strengthen and support the special and inclusive Education sector for improved and effective service delivery. Such alignment of our assistance with Fiji’s development objectives is fundamental to Japan’s overall ODA in Fiji.”

Mr Ikeda said he is confident that the project will further strengthen the friendship between the people and governments of Fiji and Japan.

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