Japanese Embassy supports Aana No.1 College
Aana No.1 College has received funding support of over half a million tala courtesy of the Japanese Government to construct new facilities.
A signing ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Japanese Embassy in Apia to formalise the funding support for the school.
The College School Committee signed the agreement to receive the funding from the Embassy.
The caretaker Minister of Communication Information and Technology and Committee Chair, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, also witnessed the signing ceremony.
The college will receive a grant of up to US$218,136 (approximately $551,000 tala) for the project.
The objective of the project is to provide a facility to accommodate college gatherings and the school assembly.
Afamasaga acknowledged the assistance provided by the Japanese Government.
Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Terasawa Genichi, said that the signing ceremony is to formalise Japan’s assistance for the construction of a hall and a toilet ablution block for the college.
“On behalf of the Government of Japan, I am pleased to sign over a grant of up to US$218,136 which is equivalent to approximately $551,000 tala to Aana No.1 College,” he said.
Mr Genichi also added that this project is made possible through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects under the Financial Year 2020 allocations.
“As noted in your school’s proposal, there is an urgent need for a hall building to accommodate the College’s gatherings and assembling activities.
“Today’s event demonstrates Japan’s firm commitment towards improving learning environment in Samoa.
“I am confident that this project will ensure best of resources and equal opportunities available to students to accomplish academic excellence.”
The Embassy continues to continues to provide small and flexible grants to support development projects at the grass-roots level, which is specifically designed to address basic human needs, according to Mr Genichi.
“It is my belief that such assistance will greatly contribute to the improvement of everyday life of the people of Samoa.”
Japan recognises the importance of development growth and educational stability within communities and is very proud to contribute to the betterment of individuals’ lives through the grant program, he added.
Projects funded under the grant program address basic human needs, said the Ambassador and Japan is pleased to assist all three projects.
The Embassy has run the grant program since 1991 which aims to aid self-supporting socio-economic development activities that benefit sectors at the grass-roots level in Samoa.