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Speech by H. E. Yutaka Yoshizawa, Ambassador of Japan on the Occasion of the Signing and Exchange of Notes for the Grant Aid Project for Improvement of Education Facilities at Motofoua Secondary School in Tuvalu
at 10.00 a.m. on 24th August, 2011, Funafuti, Tuvalu
Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade, Tourism, Environment and Labour, Mr. Apisai Ielemia,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
It is my pleasure to represent the Government of Japan in today’s signing and exchange of notes ceremony, formalising Japan’s Grant Aid to the Government of Tuvalu for the project for improvement of educational facilities at Tuvalu’s only High School, namely, Motofoua Secondary School.
Japan has a historical relationship with Motofoua Secondary School since 1996 when Japanese assistance was granted to the school to expand the facilities to overcome the problems associated with shortage of classrooms. The present facilities that have mainly been damaged by salty breeze are inadequate to contain the increasing number of children leaving primary schools from around Tuvalu. In view of the need to renew the facilities, the Government of Tuvalu made a formal request to the Government of Japan to provide assistance.
Whilst acknowledging the need for urgent rehabilitation of the entire facilities at Motofoua Secondary School, Japan, in line with Tuvalu’s National Development Strategy, decided to provide assistance through its Grant Aid scheme primarily for an extensive renovation of Motofoua Secondary School with construction of 12 new classrooms, dormitories for boys and girls, gymnasium, equipment and furniture. In addition, the existing buildings funded by Japan previously include classrooms, dormitories, special classrooms, dining hall and kitchen will also undergo massive renovation works to ensure best resources are available to the students of Tuvalu.
Honourable Minister, I remain hopeful that this Grant Aid will rekindle the hope of the children of Tuvalu to achieve academic excellence to bring prosperity and I look forward to the successful completion of this project.
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