BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
TENAKOGA primary school in Eastern Guadalcanal plains yesterday received $686,439.24 from the Embassy of Japan to Solomon Islands to help build their classrooms and student dormitory.
The Grassroots and Human Security Project grant contract signing was done between the Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Mr Kinichi Kimiya and Head teacher of Tenakoga Primary school Mr Noel Saghapoa.
During the occasion yesterday Mr Kimiya congratulated the school on being recipients of the aid.
He said on behalf of the government of Japan they were very pleased to contribute to the development for the people of this country.
“I would also like to emphasise that today [yesterday] is just the beginning day for you to start implementing this project properly, while keeping in your mind that this is a present from Japanese’s taxpayers,” Kimiya said.
Head Teacher of Tenakoga Primary school relates that the school had drawn up the proposal in June last year, and now their dreams and wishes are realised.
“Today [yesterday] is a new beginning for the Tenakoga Adventists Primary school and the three GS communities in the central Tasimate district namely Geza, Gheghede and Govu village.
“It is also today we create a tie to ourselves with the People of Japan and we want to deeply thank you from our hearts,” he said.
Mr Saghapoai said for three years they have been burdened with the need to have old facilities renovated or replaced, but had not had the means to do so.
“However, having the support from government of Japan means a lot to our people, it means that the future generations will be ever reminded of your generous support in the future,” he said.
The signing ceremony was held at the Embassy of Japan 4th floor, Tongs building Point Cruz in Honiara.