Saipipi Primary School receives $333,000 grant

Saipipi Primary School is the recipient of a US$129,686 ($333,000 tala) grant to reconstruct a school building courtesy of the Japan government.

Japan’s Ambassador to Samoa, Terasawa Genichi and the Saipipi Primary School Committee President Tofa Peniamina, signed an agreement on Wednesday to formalise the grant approval.

The grant is provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects.

The old school building, which is earmarked for renovation, is over 15 years old and is in a dilapidated state due to its age and being exposed to natural disasters such as cyclones.

According to a statement released by the Japanese Embassy, the grant will enable the reconstruction of a new school building that houses eight classrooms, a library as well as a staff room.

“Japan provides small and flexible grants to support development projects at the grassroots level through its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Project in line with the areas of high priority in Samoa’s Strategy for Development which includes education,” states the Embassy’s media release. “The Government of Japan reaffirmed its continuous commitment towards improving the learning environment across Samoa.”

The grant scheme for Grass-Roots Human Security Project Programme in Samoa has been widely implemented in areas such as education, water supply and health since 1991. 

To date more than 190 projects have been implemented under the grant scheme which amounts to an approximately US$1.6 million ($4 million tala).

During the signing ceremony on Wednesday, Mr Peniamina expressed his appreciation to the Ambassador and the government and people of Japan for selecting their school as one of the successful applicants in the last fiscal year.

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