19 October, 2017. The Government of Japan and the Government Primary School of Havelu/Tofoa celebrated the completion of their new classroom building, funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for GrassRoots Human Security Projects, GGP on Tuesday afternoon, 17 October 2017.
His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga congratulated the completion of the project at a hand over ceremony attend by Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga.
Present also at the ceremony were Hon. Penisimani Fifita, Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Semisi Sika, Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Government Officials, Parents and Teachers Association of Havelu/Tofoa, Teachers and
the students of the GPS Havelu/Tofoa.
The handover ceremony is the final GGP engagement for H.E Mr. Yukio Numata before departing Nuku’alofa, later the week.
He reiterated in his address that Japan places education very high on the list of its priorities as education is base for developing ones capacity.
“It is my delight that we have completed a project that will strengthen the learning quality for the children here in GPS Havelu/Tofoa,” “We hope that these classrooms will help improve your learning environment, so that all of you will
grow into strong and responsible individuals to uphold the future society of Tonga and the world,” said the Ambassador.
Prime Minister Pohiva conveyed on behalf of the people and the Government of Tonga their heartfelt gratitude for Japan’s assistance which will accommodate the growing number of students entering the school each year.
“The need for these new classroom are not only necessary, timely but crucial,” stated Prime Minister Pohiva.
Hon. Penisimani Fifita, Minister for Education and Training thanked H.E Mr. Yukio Numata for responding favorably to development projects of the Ministry of Education and supporting Tonga’s vision for Education in its Strategic Development Framework.
The Parents and Teachers Association of GPS Havelu/Tofoa sought for Japan’s assistance prioritizing an improved learning, healthy and safe environment for their children.
Japans Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects has to date granted over 270 projects in different sectors throughout Tonga.
The assistance epitomize also Japan’s commitment to support efforts by the People and the Government of Tonga to achieve its National Strategic Planning Framework, and strengthen the warm and close relations between the people and the Government of Japan and the people of the Kingdom of Tonga.