THE Government of Japan has vowed to support basic education and the improvement of schools facilities in the country.
Japanese Ambassador to Solomon Islands Kenichi Kimiya said this on Wednesday during the signing ceremony of a deal worth $647,836.84 for the construction of a new classroom and staff houses.
“The priority areas of our assistance under the Grassroots and Human Security Scheme in SI are supporting basic education through the construction of school facilities such as classrooms for students and staff houses for teachers.
“Education plays a key role for development and I believe this project will have a positive impact on producing a large number of human resources in the Western Province and lead to further development and prosperity of SI,” he said.
He assured the country that the Japanese government will continue to support Solomon Islands to ensure it acquires better basic education.
Mase school head teacher Keren Renisi said, such a support is important for a rural school like Mase in North New Georgia.
The school was hit by the 2007 Tsunami and was tilled to on side which poses risk to the students.
He said that the support will also boost the morale of teachers and parents of the school to work together in improving the school development to establish more classes up to form three in future as in their proposal.
The community primary school is owned and operated by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Education Authority. It currently registers more than 120 students.
By STEPHEN DI’ISANGO