The facilities at Vaimea Primary School will soon undergo a facelift.
This is thanks to a US$98,000 (T$225,000) grant assistance from Japan signed over by Japan’s Ambassador to Samoa, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta, yesterday.
The President of the Vaimea Primary School Committee, Lefau Waikaremoana So’onalole, signed on behalf of the school.
The grant is part of an initiative by the Japanese government called Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (G.G.P.), which will assist in the reconstruction of the oldest section of the current school building complex.
“I am very pleased to sign today for the grant and support your school,” he said.
“As you know the Japanese government already supports the community and we’ve already rebuilt over a hundred primary schools."
“Education is very important, I would like to ask you to manage this finance properly and supervise the construction company to build transparently and with high discourse."
Tuimaugaoalii reaffirmed Japan’s commitment to the continuation of its support for projects within communities at the grassroots level through its grant assistance.
“Japan is very keen to continue to provide support to development projects at the grassroots level through its G.G.P.,” he said.
The implementation of these projects contributes to strengthening the friendship ties of two nations, Japan and Samoa as well as supporting the S.D.S. 2017-2020 strategic key outcomes of improving education standards and access to education.
Japan’s well known project scheme, Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) has helped fund mainly human security and other development projects within communities. The most popular project to receive this grant assistance is public schools.
Since its inception in 1991, many of the public schools across Samoa have benefitted in having secured comfortable school buildings.
President of Vaimea Primary School, Lefau Waikaremoana So’onalole is grateful.
“This is a great day for Vaimea Primary School and a day we’ve been waiting for,” he said.
“On behalf of all the committee and all the students of Vaimea, we would like to express our gratitude to the government of Japan. “