His Excellency Mr. ISHII Tetsuya, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga handed over new two classrooms for Ha‘alalo Government Primary School on Thursday, 23 April 2020 funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Human Security Project, or GGP. In line with Tonga’s COVID-19 National Restrictions, the handover was observed in a simple manner.
Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Minister of Education and Training attended the handover along with the representatives of Ha’alalo GPS.
In the message from H.E. Mr. ISHII Tetsuya, he expressed his hope that the new facility would contribute to educational growth of individual students. “I do hope boys and girls studying in this school will acquire basic knowledge and wisdom to be a person who has the capability to tackle not only domestic issues but also global issues such as the current situation. Primary education will also become a driving force for the country’s development.” He added that the meaning and importance of the project will never be affected by the pandemic, and acknowledged the combined efforts in its completion before challenged by Cyclone Harold.
“We sincerely hope that this world wide situation caused by COVID-19 will end as soon as possible and the children will be able to study with peace of mind in the classrooms,” said Ambassador ISHII.
Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni acknowledged the timely assistance from the people and the Government of Japan especially supporting the ministry’s vision to combat COVID-19 by installing wash basins to each of the new classrooms. He thanked the Government of Japan for the ongoing assistance in upgrading many classroom buildings, throughout the Kingdom.
Ha’alalo GPS was first granted Japan’s GGP assistance in 2003, and due to the growing number of students the Parents and Teachers Association, PTA, sought for Japan’s assistance prioritizing a healthier and safer education environment for their young students. The new facility will benefit 170 students of the school.
Japan’s GGP have now benefited almost 300 projects in the Kingdom of Tonga.