A NEW LOOK: The refurbished school building that house 8 classrooms successfully funded under Japan’s GGP.

The Government of Japan and Safotulafai Primary School celebrated the handover of renovated school buildings this week at the school’s compound in Savaii.

The project was largely funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP), with a grant worth up to US US$100,386 (approximately SAT $264,173). The grant was provided last September to the School Committee led by village matai.

His Excellency Mr. Terasawa Genichi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa congratulated the completion of the project through a handover ceremony attended by the Hon. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Dr Sailele Malielegaoi who delivered the keynote address.

Cabinet Ministers, Associate Ministers, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), School Committee, parents, principal, staff and students enjoyed the celebrations.

The grant was provided for the renovation of school buildings that house 8 classrooms, a staff room, a library, a storage and a hall.

The Government of Japan though its GGP is pleased to be part of the development process in the upbringing of Safotulafai Primary students, hence, is donating the refurbished school buildings at a substantial amount.

Japan’s assistance through this project indicates its unwavering commitment to prioritise the development of quality education by improving and upgrading the facilities of a number of schools across Samoa.

To ensure the continuation of its assistance in capacity development of local teachers through dispatching JICA volunteers as well as offering prestigious opportunities for Samoans to study in Japan once the COVID-19 pandemic calms down.

The GGP aims to support small-scale projects directly benefitting the grass-roots level as well as contributing to the socio-economic developments of Samoa.

Japans continued assistance to schools across Samoa further strengthens the friendly ties between the Governments and the peoples of Japan and Samoa.