The Government of Japan continues to provide development assistance to the education sector under its ongoing scheme of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
An official signing ceremony was held today (December 12) at the Embassy of Japan in Apia between Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, His Excellency, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and the Chairman of the Manono Uta Primary School committee and Member of Parliament for Aiga i le Tai constituency, Hon. Mulipola Leiataualetaua Laki Misikei.
DEAL ACCOMPLISHED: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and the Chairman of the school committee and MP for Aiga ile Tai constituency, Hon. Mulipola Leiataualetaua Laki Misikei signing the grant contract.
The school committee received a grant worth USD $155,368 (approximately SAT $394,434) for project implementation.
The grant will assist the school committee with reconstruction of its current school building that has deteriorated over the years due to its age conditions and impacts of past cyclones.
Manono Uta Primary School will reconstruct its current school building that will house 8 classrooms, a staff room and a library or computer lab.
Japan’s assistance through educational and community projects indicates its commitment to contribute to the improvement of learning environments and welfare of the people of Samoa, not only with funding assistance, but also expanding its cooperation through the dispatch of one volunteer under Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Programme who is currently engaging in the study fields of Mathematics and Science at the Manono Uta Primary School.
It is also in line with Samoa’s Strategy for Development of Samoa which lists quality education a priority area.
Japan’s “Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects” is specifically designed to address basic human needs which includes health, basic education, water supply, social welfare and environmental protection or disaster relief.