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MAJURO, Marshall Islands (February 2, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)---Australian Ambassador Tim Cole was welcomed Thursday with songs, dances and flower leis in Majuro by Catholic school students for donating more than $40,000 to the construction of a new three-story classroom facility for Assumption High School.

It was one of six small grants totaling $151,785 that Cole handed over to projects in Majuro during his four day visit to the Marshall Islands last week.

Cole is based in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia where he is also ambassador. The visit coincided with Australia Day on January 26, which Cole celebrated with a reception attended by President Kessai Note, government dignitaries and business leaders, and most of the several dozen Australian residents in the Marshall Islands.

Catholic elementary students performed island-style dances and the entire student body of grades one through 12 sang several songs and gave Cole and his wife Diana numerous flower leis and handicrafts in an island-style thank you for the grant to the school.

Most of the grants were education-related, with funds going to support expansion of computer laboratories at two government high schools on remote outer atolls, develop microfilm services at the College of the Marshall Islands library, help complete the Canoes of the Marshall Islands vocational training facility where young men are being taught to construct outrigger canoes, and establish a geographic information system through the Environmental Protection Authority.

Cole told grant recipients that he was delighted that Australia was able to contribute to a broad range of projects that would have significant impact on the communities they served. Foreign Secretary Marie Maddison thanked Cole for the ongoing financial assistance that the Australian government has provided to government agencies and non-governmental organizations for targeted educational and training needs over the years.



MAJURO, Marshall Islands (February 2, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)---Six agencies and organizations received small grant funding from the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei last week.

The projects are:

· RMI Environmental Protection Authority, establishment of geographic information systems in the Marshall Islands, $27,957.

· Assumption Schools, new high school building project, $40,779.20.

· College of the Marshall Islands, for purchase of micro film readers, printers, microfilmed newspapers and storage cases for the CMI library to support expansion of library collections of microfilmed copies of the Marshall Islands Journal, Marianas Variety and Pacific Daily News, $15,625.

· Jaluit High School, provision of computer resources to upgrade and modernize the JHS computer laboratory established in 1992, $16,536.

· Northern Islands High School, provision of computers and related resources for establishing a computer laboratory at NHS, $13,922.

· Waan Aelon in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands), funding to complete WAM’s vocational training facility which is offering young people training programs in outrigger canoe building, $36,896.10.

The Marshall Islands Journal, Box 14, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 E-mail:  Subscriptions (weekly): 1 year US $87.00; international $213.00 (air mail).

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