Handover Ceremony for the Project for the Reconstruction of Lona Primary School (November 27, 2020)

The Government of Japan continues to provide assistance at the grass-roots level throughout communities within rural areas and to contribute in the development of enhanced learning within the education sector.
The handover ceremony for refurbished school buildings of Lona Primary School was held on 27 November 2020 at the school’s compound.
The project was largely funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP), with a grant worth up to USD 147,081 (approximately WST 370,000).
His Excellency Mr. TERASAWA Genichi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa congratulated the completion of the project.
Present at the ceremony were the Hon. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Cabinet Ministers, Associate Ministers, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), School Committee, parents, principal, staff and students.
The grant was provided to the School Committee in 2018 for the reconstruction of the school buildings that house 8 classrooms, a staff room and toilet blocks.
The Government of Japan through its GGP recognises the importance of quality education for the younger generation as they are the workforce and future leaders.
Hence, it prioritises its assistance in developing basic educational facilities for national development and ensures 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.
It is hoped that this assistance will further strengthen the existing cordial relations between the Governments and the peoples of Japan and Samoa.
Japan’s GGP provides assistance to non-governmental organisations, primary and secondary schools, hospitals and other non-profit associations that have a direct impact on the well-being of communities.