His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga attended the commissioning ceremony along with His Eminence, Cardinal Mafi. Present also at the ceremony were Mr. Tatafu Moeaki, CEO of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning and Mr. Soane Vahe, Director of Catholic Education and members of the Parents and Teachers’ Association for ‘Apifo’ou College.
His Excellency Mr. Numata in his keynote address congratulating the completion of the Project emphasized that this project was aimed to help reduce the high drop-out rates in secondary education levels of Tonga, one of the causes being said to be the shortage in the learning opportunities of employment-related skills. “I am confident that with this new TVET facility, young people will have a wider range of opportunities to choose from for their future, and then aspire to become responsible citizens of Tonga,” stated the Ambassador.
In blessing the new constructed TVET facility, Cardinal Mafi acknowledged the assistance from the people and the Government of Japan to enhance the technical and vocational knowledge of students of ‘Apifo’ou College, and supporting the Catholic Church mission to educate everyone to become successful Christians.
The Apifo’ou College Parent’s and Teacher’s Association sought for Japan’s assistance in 2015, providing necessary resources to facilitate the talents of over 50 TVET students.
Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects was introduced in 1989, and over 50 percent of the GGP in Tonga are implemented in the field of Education. Japans assistance epitomize commitment to support efforts by the People and the Government of Tonga to ensure Human Security, and also hope to strengthen the warm and close relations between the people and the Government of Japan and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga.
H.E. Mr. Numata with His Eminence, Cardinal Mafi in front of the new TVET building
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