Monday, 10 December 2007 3:33 PM

Japan Supports School in Tsunami-Stricken Province

The Embassy of Japan in Solomon Islands and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources signed a grant contract for the rehabilitation of classroom buildings and staff houses for Sasamunga Primary and Community High School in Choiseul Province.

Supported through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Project (GGP), the Ministry of Education and Human Resources received the grant worth SBD$1,660,000 today.

The grant will support 2 rehabilitation projects, which include twin classroom buildings, water tanks for drinking, triple latrine toilet units and staff houses with respective water tank and toilet/shower facility.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Hiroaki Fujiwara, said the assistance is to support many students in tsunami-affected areas who are forced to study without proper education facilities.

"Japan is known as the country with frequent earthquakes, [and] we ... are pleased to assist people of Sasamunga in their endeavor to help themselves in rehabilitating classroom buildings for their children," Mr. Fujiwara said.

The contract was signed by First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Hiroaki Fujiwara, and Mr. Barnabas Anga, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Education and Human Resources.