Japan Hands over Faleapuna Primary School

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 28 JANUARY 2019: Primary school children of Faleapuna and neighbouring villages are starting the new school in a brand new school and classroom facilities. This follows the handover of the new school building funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), last Friday afternoon.

The new school building was commissioned by Japans Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki during a handover ceremony at the Faleapuna Primary School compound.

Present at the ceremony were the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Cabinet Ministers, villagers, members of the school committee, teachers, parents and students of Falepuna Primary School.

Faleapuna Primary School received grant funds for a reconstruction project that consists of 8 classrooms, a library, a staffroom and a toilet block in an effort to provide a much needed safe and sound with healthier learning environment for its students.

STRENGTHENING FRIENDLY TIES: Ambassador Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki (centre) is flanked by the Hon. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Cabinet Ministers, Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture Official and President of the Faleapuna Primary School, Mulipola Anarosa Molio’o far left

Japan recognizes the importance of quality education for the younger generations as they are the workforce and leaders of the future.

And through its GGP, Japan prioritises its assistance in developing basic educational facilities for national development, and as such, this project reflects Japan’s continued commitment to the development of education sector in Samoa.

SAFE AND SOUND: A look inside one of the new classrooms with new constructed ceiling, walls, tile floors, windows and students desks.

The GGP programme provides assistance to non-governmental organisations, primary schools, hospitals and other non-profit associations that have a direct impact on the well-being of communities.

Japan has been working in partnership with the Government of Samoa since 1991 to further develop such grassroots and human security projects.  So far around 180 projects to the value of more than 1.4 billion Japanese yen or approximately $33.8 million Samoan Tala have been undertaken and all of these projects have directly helped communities and their people.