BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
ILIA Early Childhood Education has received $447,257 from Japan’s Embassy in Solomon Islands yesterday.
The support comes under the Japanese government grant scheme known as Grassroots and Human Security project for development of Solomon Islands schools’ facilities and infrastructure.
Yesterday, the Embassy handed over $447,257 for the construction of the Ilia Primary School Early Childhood Education centre.
Head Teacher for Ilia ECE Ms Hilda Lalawa said Japan’s assistance will be felt by communities including Kobito 1, 2, 3, Gilbert Camp, and Kwaio valley in ward 15 Panatina.
She said the assistance addresses the need of the community to have a proper learning centre for their children, most coming from low income earning families.
She thanked the Japanese government and its people for such a timely support.
“I hope children, teachers and parents of Ilia would be very thankful and heartfelt joyous to mark this day of signing ceremony which will make a significant history,” Lalawa said.
Ambassador of Japan, HE Kenichi Kimiya said, “I would like to emphasise that today is just the beginning day for you to start implementing this project properly.
“While keeping in mind this is a present from the Japanese taxpayers.”
Mr Kimiya congratulates the Ilia ECE centre for their project and wishes them a successful completion in the near future.
This comes from the cordial relationship between Japan and Solomon Islands, he adds.