Japan funds vocational center in Savai’i

Reverend Iutisone Salevao, General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa with Ambassador of Japan Kazumasa Shibuta

Reverend Iutisone Salevao, General Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa with Ambassador of Japan Kazumasa Shibuta

Lagi Keresoma

APIA: FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2014: The country’s biggest church denomination is to build a vocational center in Savai’i Island thanks to aid from Japan.

To be operated in Salelologa by Congregational Christian Church of Samoa the center will be open to non-church members, secretary Rev. Iutisone Salevao said.

Japan through its Grant assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project, today signed over $US103, 000 to the church for the center.
Through the same agency Japan also gave $US121, 308 ($ST 281, 500) for the reconstruction of Fasitoo Primary School building.
The Upolu Island school was severely damaged by Cyclone Evan in December 2012.

Ambassador Kazumasa Shibuta said the two projects were selected in line with priorities identified in Samoa’s Strategy for Development 2012 – 2016.

Education remain one of Samoa’s highest priorities.

“The Government of Japan has worked hand in hand with Samoa’s Ministry of Education to lift the standard of education and fund the rebuilding of numerous school facilities around the country,” His Excellency Shibuta said.

To date over 140 projects have been funded by Japan’s Grant Assistance for grassroots projects since it was introduced in 1991 with many more in the pipeline.

The continuity of projects was testament to the growing relations between the peoples of Samoa and Japan, His Excellency said.

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