Japan in Samoa: Vaimauga College Blessed with New Hall Worth $747,600


Vaimauga College celebrated the handing-over of a new hall in a special ceremony held at the school compound on Monday 26 September 2022.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Mr. SENTA Keisuke represented his government at the handover ceremony attended by the Member of the Council of Deputies, Hon. Tapusatele Le Mamea Tuiletufuga Ropati Mualia and Masiofo Maiava Elisa Mualia.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Mr. SENTA Keisuke

Hon. Acting Prime Minister, Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio was also in attendance with representatives of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

Japan’s assistance was formalised in March, with a grant amount of USD295,229 (approximately SAT747,600) provided under its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) to fund the project construction of a single-storey school hall building with toilet and shower facilities.

Vaimauga College new hall

With the recognition to importance of having a school hall, the School Committee sought for Japan’s assistance with the aim of providing safe and proper educational facilities for use by students of Vaimauga College.

It has been 60 years since the school operated without a school hall.

The project is expected to empower the school with the best of resources to achieve academic excellence and will greatly assist in accommodating the school activities.

“Support towards education has always been placed high on Japan’s priority list as we believe that education plays an important role in developing a child’s capability and also a nation’s capacity”.

Japan’s GGP was introduced in 1991 to respond directly to the basic human needs at the grass-roots level with 210 projects successfully completed to date.

The Government of Japan continues to provide development assistance to the benefit of villages, schools, hospitals, and NGOs across Samoa.