Induction and commencement of Futuna Primary School project

Chiefs and school council representative near the foundation of the project

On November 3, 2020 the Vanuatu Infrastructure Reconstruction and Improvement Project (VIRIP) team facilitated an induction workshop and a project kicked-off for the Ishia Primary School on Futuna.

The workshop was held at the project site and was facilitated by Mainguy Consulting Engineers and Project Management (Construction Supervisor representative), MA Builders (Contractor) and VIRIP Safeguards.

The purpose of the induction workshop was to explain the important project milestones and safeguard requirements for VIRIP. The workshop was attended by the school council, principal, teaching staff and community members from around the island.

Construction works have started on the footing of the new double classroom and office building. This new site is positioned on a demolished building site. The works will involve demolition of two existing buildings, construction two double classrooms and water supply, guttering soak away and standpipes. The classrooms are capable of being used as safe shelters for the entire community during an emergency like a cyclone.

The contractor has employed temporary workers from different villages and communities around the island. The school was renamed in memory of Edward Nipake Natapei Tuta Fanua Ariki.

Late Edward Natapei was Vanuatu’s former Prime Minister from Futuna Island.

All works undertaken were as per standard Ministry of Education and Training designs and specifications. This contract will be completed by January 13, 2022.

VIRIP is a VT5.6 billion project funded by the World Bank to improve and reconstruct roads, schools and public buildings after TC PAM and has a long-term objective for infrastructure to be resilient to a future disaster. The project is working in Shefa, Tafea, Malampa and Penama provinces, involving 85 contracts on 20 islands.

A vast majority of works has been undertaken by locally-owned contractors and supervision by local consultant companies.

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