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Handing-Over Speech for the Project for Upgrading of Koronubu Indian School
By: First Secretary Takato Maki, Embassy of Japan
4th June 2010, 11.30 a.m. Koronubu, Ba.
- The Project for Upgrading of Koronubu Indian School
Good Morning, Namaste and Ni sa bula
It is an honour to represent His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa, in officiating today’s handing over ceremony of three classrooms, funded by Japan and I express my sincere appreciation to you all for today’s arrangements and your generosity in extending a very warm welcome to me and my colleagues from the Embassy this morning.
To be able to provide flexible and timely support to development projects at the grass-roots level such as this project, the Japanese Government offers a financial assistance scheme for development projects designed to meet the diverse needs of grassroots in developing countries. Known as Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects program, commonly being called GGP, this scheme supports projects proposed by bodies such as Schools, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Local Government Authorities. In the last Japanese fiscal year, namely April 2009 to March 2010 period, Japan has provided 13 projects under its GGP scheme with a total value of approximately 1 million US dollars around Fiji Islands, and among these 13 projects, this is the eighth project completed and handed over successfully.
Since the inception of GGP, Japan has not only been generous but very active development partner in upgrading educational facilities of many schools around Fiji, and today’s handing over ceremony is a clear manifestation of Japan’s firm commitment and conviction to upgrade Koronubu Indian School with three new classrooms to ensure it provides an equal learning opportunity for academic excellence to every child entering this school.
Japan believes proper classrooms facilitate the teaching and learning process and greatly assists in producing good academic results and resource personnel to achieve economic growth and national prosperity. Japan also acknowledges the financial hardships faced by stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education in granting aid to schools, often holds back implementation of major capital development projects such as this one and it is therefore, my humble request to everyone associated with this school in one way or the other to collectively plan and enact a maintenance scheme of this building as to sustain its useful life for future generations of Koronubu.
To conclude, this project is a living testimony of the close relationship enjoyed by the people and Government of Japan and the Republic of the Fiji Islands. With these few words, ladies and gentlemen I officially declare the new classrooms at Koronubu Indian School open to the children of Koronubu and its surrounding areas and I remain hopeful that you all will make the best use of these new facilities.
Thank you, Dhanyabaad and Vinaka Vaka Levu
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