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Handing Over Speech for the Project for Upgrading of Nukuloa College

By: Mr. Takato Maki, the First Secretary, Embassy of Japan

27th May 2010, 11.30 a.m. Nukuloa, Ba.


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Good Morning, Namaste and Ni sa bula to you all

At the outset, I would like to express my appreciation for your generosity and the warm welcome extended to me and my colleagues from the Embassy this morning.

It gives me an enormous pleasure that I stand here to represent the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Yutaka Yoshizawa in officiating today’s handing over ceremony of three classroom project donated by the Government of Japan to replace classrooms that were entirely destroyed in a fire late last year.
Education brings success and it becomes our responsibility to ensure that every child’s basic right to education is fulfilled. We, the parent, teachers, Ministry of Education, NGOs and donor countries like Japan, play a very crucial role in this process. Education curriculum may be similar for schools around Fiji, however, what matters and is also considered as an important factor in the education process are the facilities. Since the inception of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) programme, Japan has been a 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 Nukuloa College.

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. The GGP programme 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 sixth project completed and handed over successfully.

To conclude, this assistance is a reflection of Japan’s goodwill and friendship to the people of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, and, while helping development of such projects, this assistance will contribute to strengthen the friendly ties between our two countries, Japan and Fiji.

Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, with these few words, I officially hand over the new classrooms for the children of Nukuloa and remain hopeful that this assistance will bring everlasting prosperity to this community.

 

Thank you, Dhanya vaad and Vinaka Vaka Levu

   

 

 

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