» Japanese Aid Targets Education Sector in Vanuatu
The Government of Japan is pleased to announce the approval of grants totalling US$ 127,164 for 3 school upgrading projects on Tanna Island in the Republic of Vanuatu. The grants will be made available under Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
The following schools are being earmarked for the funds, which will enable
the construction of a double classroom building and the procurement of
furniture for each school:
1. Lowieru Primary School ---US$42,388
2. Lenaken Primary School ---US$42,388
3. Dip Point Primary School ---US$42,388
The contracts formalising Japan's assistance will be signed at the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Vanuatu at 2:00pm on Friday 6 February 2004. The grants will be made available before 31 March 2004.
Japan's assistance to the 3 projects is in line with a commitment made
by Japan's Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, at the PALM Summit held
in Japan in 2003, whereby Japan would provide assistance to 100 schools
in the South Pacific Forum member countries over a three-year period from
2003 to 2005. It is hoped that this assistance, while helping develop
rural education, will also contribute to strengthening the friendly ties
between the governments and peoples of the South Pacific Island countries