APIA: THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2014: The new primary school for Faleatiu Primary School was officially handed over today to the school committee by Japan’s Ambassador to Samoa Mr. Kazumasa Shibuta.
A recipient of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), the School Committee received funding of USD $120,307 which is approximately SAT $277,790.00.
The old school building was completely devastated by Tropical Cyclone Evan in December, 2012. The grant enabled the school committee to revamp the entire building which consists of eight (8) classrooms, a library and a staff room.
According to Ambassador Kazumasa Shibuta, the reconstructed school building is a monument to the involvement of the school’s parents and community members who as partners utilized their skills and knowledge to support the development and reconstruction of the building.
Japan endeavours to assist the efforts of the Samoan Government to strengthen the education sector through the improvement of school facilities and equipment which is in line with the Strategy for the Development of Samoa (SDS).
In his congratulatory remarks Ambassador Kazumasa Shibuta said, “I believe that this newly refurbished school building will provide a safer and improved environment for pupils and will lead to an increase in the school’s enrolment. This new building can also serve as a possible shelter for all villagers in times of future natural disasters. I hope that this project will not only help meet these goals, but will also become another icon of the strengthened friendship between Japan and Samoa.”
Ambassador Kazumasa Shibuta extended his best wishes to Faleatiu Primary School with the hope that this achievement would produce ripple effects as a vehicle for the development of individuals and the community.
He sincerely hopes that the newly reconstructed school building will provide a solid foundation to better improve the education of all its pupils. He also expressed his appreciation to all parties involved in the completion of the building namely the school committee and the people of Faleatiu.
Ambassador Kazumasa Shibuta concluded his congratulatory statement by reaffirming Japan’s commitment to continuing assistance for Samoa’s development a testament to the valuable partnership between our governments.
Japan’s Official Development Assistance to Samoa
The Government of Japan has undertaken many Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects to meet the diverse need of the socio-economic development of Samoa since the 1970’s. As of 31 March 2011, Japan’s ODA to Samoa cumulatively amounts to 42 billion yen of which about 60% is grant aid, about 30% is technical assistance and around 10% is concessional loan.
Japan’s major recent ODA to Samoa by category:
- Grant Aid
- The Project for the Second Development of Apia Port (FY2001, 2.25 billion yen)
- The Project for the Upgrading and Extension of Samoa Polytechnic (FY2005, 723 million yen)
- The Project for the Renovation and Extension of Apia Fisheries Wharf and Related Facilities (FY2005, 707 million yen)
- The Project for Construction of the Inter-Islands Ferry (FY2008, 1.32 billion yen)
Samoa 400 kWp Photovoltaic Project under “Pacific Environment Community Fund” (FY2011, up to US$ 4 million)
The Forest Preservation Programme (FY2010, 300 million yen)
The Samoa Education Sector Project II (FY2011, 100 million yen)
The Programme for Improving the Weather Forecasting System and Meteorological Warning Facilities (FY2009, 745 million yen)
- Power Sector Expansion Project (FY2007, 4.6 billion yen)
As of 31 March 2011 Japan has, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), cumulatively dispatched 159 experts, 554 volunteers and 362 study team members to Samoa, accepted 930 participants from Samoa to various technical training courses and provided equipment amount to more than 845 million yen.
Completed Projects (as from 2004 of completion year):
- Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Improvement Project (2006-2010)
- Improving Management Capability for National Parks and National Reserves (2006-2008)
- Improving Management for National Parks and National Reserves (2007-2010)
– Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (J-PRISM) (FY 2010) Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Project Japan has cumulatively undertaken over 140 projects to Samoa since 1991, including reconstructing or improving primary schools, vocational facilities, upgrading health and medical facilities, developing water supply systems etc.