Itu Asau College in Savai’i has become the latest recipient of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
The school committee received funds of $263,386 during a signing ceremony at the Embassy office yesterday.
President of Itu Asau College Committee, Etepo Poloma, signed on behalf of the school.
The project will include the construction of four additional classrooms to supplement the existing eight classrooms and to cater for the increasing number of students attending Itu Asau College.
At the ceremony Ambassador Tuimaugaoalii emphasized on Japan’s commitment to support the Government of Samoa key areas in its Strategy Development of Samoa (S.D.S).
“Education is a priority in key area needed for improvement in Strategy of Development (S.D.S) hence, Japan is keen and committed to assist in achieving its ultimate goals, ensuring access to quality education and healthy learning environment,” he said.
The G.G.P. provides support for small projects undertaken by local government authorities, non-governmental organisations (N.G.Os), educational organisations directly benefitting the grassroots level and contributing in the socio-economic of Samoa.
The grants have facilitated implementation of more than 160 projects islandwide with total value of approximately $29,423,069.
Itu Asau College project is the last recipient to be awarded by the government of Japan in its fiscal year 2016-2017 under its G.G.P.scheme.