The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa officially opened its Technical Vocational School on Wednesday at Salelologa, Savai’i.
A grant of US$103,011 was provided to the church committee under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
All other additional costs were borne by the school itself.
The project included only the purchasing of training tools to help equip the students.
At the ceremony, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Tuimaugaoali’i Kazumasa Shibuta reiterated Japan’s commitment to supporting Samoa’s development needs during his keynote address.
“Japan works hand in hand with the Government of Samoa to improve priority key areas such as Education listed in the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS) 2012-2016,” he said.
He also congratulated all members involved for their commitments and efforts that have now paid off with the completion of the new school.
“It is my sincerely hope that this Technical Vocational School improves accessibility of learning opportunities for youths and to improve skills for workforce.”
This grant scheme was introduced to Samoa in 1991 and since then, more than 150 projects had completed successfully which had benefited Samoan communities.
Japan’s “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects” provides assistance to non-governmental organizations, primary schools, hospitals and other non-profit associations that have a direct impact on the well-being of communities.