Signing Ceremony of the Grant Contract for the Project for the Reconstruction of Palauli District Primary School (March 4, 2019)

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The Government of Japan once again assists the Palauli District Primary School in Savai’i with a reconstruction project through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The School Committee received a grant of 95,736 USD equivalent to approximately 245,000 WST during a grant signing ceremony held on the morning of 4 March at the Embassy in Apia.
His Excellency Mr. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Ambassador of Japan to Samoa signed on behalf of his government while Hon. Tuifa’asisina Misa Risati Leleisi’uao, patron of the School Committee, Member of Parliament for Palauli East and Associate Minister of Public Enterprises, signed on behalf of the School.
The Project will include the reconstruction of an 8 new classroom complex.
The new school building will benefit 500 plus students educated at the School with 18 teachers.
The School received funds under the GGP in 2015 which enabled them in a reconstruction project but due to its current southern location that was easily exposed and prone to flooding in raining seasons with poor landscaping, had caused extreme challenges to the School Committee to maintain the current run-down school building.
Thus, the School again, sought the assistance of the GGP in 2017 with their hope to reconstruct its school building and relocate further on the eastern part of the school compound.
Japan has been operating its GGP since 1991 at the grass-roots level, it is recorded that most of its 180 projects that have successfully completed are within the education sector which have encouraged the lives of so many young children and villagers of several communities to prioritize education and make the best use of the available resources for achieving academic excellence.
Japan is evidently at the forefront of its partnership with the Samoan Government in promoting development at the grass-roots level and the assistance to these projects indicates its firm commitment to contributing to the improvement of the living standards and welfare of the people of Samoa.