Safotulafai Primary School to Replace Unsafe School Buildings with Japanese Grant

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SIGNING OF THE GGP GRANT CONTRACT: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and President of Safotulafai Primary School Committee, Namulauulu Sami Leota.

The Government of Japan has been continuing its assistance for local community projects in Samoa, signing a Grant Contract for yet another community project in Savaii.

The Safotulafai Primary School in Savaii has a two-storey building that is more than twenty years old and unsafe for its students and teachers.

The Safotulafai School Committee will receive a grant of up to USD 100,386 (approximately SAT 263,000) provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).

It is expected that the GGP can enable a reconstruction of a new single-storey building that will house eight classrooms, a staff room and a library.

Japan is committed to funding projects for grass-roots communities under its GGP introduced in 1991. Since then, a total of 176 projects have been successfully completed.

The Signing Ceremony was held earlier this week at the Japanese Embassy in Apia, between H.E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and President of Safotulafai Primary School Committee, Namulauulu Leota Sami Leota.

GGP aims to help improve human needs through projects that are practical at the grass-roots level such as construction and expansion of school buildings and restoration of village water systems.