Signing Ceremony of the Grant Contract for the Project for the Reconstruction of Lepa Primary School (January 22, 2019)

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Lepa Primary School is the first recipient of the year of 2019 to receive a grant funding under the Government of Japan’s ongoing Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The Grant Contract to secure the funds amount of 133,215 USD equivalent to approximately 339,000 WST was signed on the afternoon of 22 January 2019 at the Office of the Prime Minister between Ambassador Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and President of Lepa Primary School Committee and Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilapea Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi.
The Project consists the construction of 8 new classrooms, a staff room and a library or computer room.
The current school building is over 40 years old and has undergone renovations every three to five years over the last 20 years but it has deteriorated due to its age and cyclones of the past years hence, the School Committee sought the assistance from Japan under its GGP in 2017.
Japan provides small and flexible grants to support development projects at the grass-roots level through its GGP in line with the areas of high priority in Samoa’s Strategy for Development which includes education.
A total of 200 students are expected to directly benefit from the reconstruction project of Lepa Primary School and the Government of Japan hopes that the reconstruction project will not only provide a much safer and healthier learning environment but also endows the students with a renewed sense of pride and enthusiasm for learning.
Japan has continuously assisted its friendly Pacific neighbour, Samoa and the Project for the Reconstruction of Lepa Primary School is an added milestone in Japan’s ongoing support and cooperation towards Samoa.