H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga was the guest of honour at the ground breaking ceremony and was accompanied by Mrs. Akiko Ishii. Hon. Gennaro Kalaniuvalu Fotofili was present at the ceremony along with Hon. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, Minister for Finance and National Planning also the Peoples Representative of Tongatapu # 10, Mr. Soane Vahe, Director of the Catholic Education, Fr. ‘Epiloka Pahia, Parish Priest of Lapaha village the Teachers, Parents and Students of Takuilau College.
The Project was formalized in March this year, with a grant amount of USD$84,331 to construct the new TVET facility for Takuilau replacing the old classrooms that are no longer able to be used.
In his keynote address at the ceremony, H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii expressed his hope that the new classroom will enable the current and future students of Takuilau College and the Hahake district to have high quality, technical and vocational education and training. “We are confident that the empowerment of the youth leads to the empowerment of the nation as a whole, and also leads to the long-term development and prosperity of a county,” stated the Ambassador.
Takuilau College offered their TVET class to better equip students with interests in industrial arts. Hon. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa on behalf of the Catholic Diocese and the Government of Tonga acknowledged Japan’s assistance which will create opportunities for these students. He also added that the new TVET facility is again a testimony of the strong bond between Tonga and Japan.
The assistance epitomized Japan’s commitment to support efforts by the people and the Government of Tonga to ensure Human Security and continue to strengthen the warm and close relations between the people and the Government of Japan and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga.
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