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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 25) – Two primary schools in Solomon Islands’ Central Province are the latest to benefit from the Japanese funded Rural Development Volunteers Association (RDVA) Schools Rehabilitation Project.

The two schools - Loun Primary School and Kalaka Primary School - on Tuesday officially opened and received new twin-classroom buildings each.

Japan’s project manager Rena Okino, who officiated at the ceremony on Tuesday, said the buildings were constructed by a local contractor, assisted by four previously unemployed youths.

"These youths involved in the project were provided with work-experience training while working on the building project," she said.

A part from the buildings, the project also assisted each school with six new toilets, 30 double school desks and stools.

The Rural Development Volunteers Association Schools Rehabilitation Project Phase III received a generous funding worth over SB$3 million [US$430,500] from the Japanese Government’s Grassroots and Human Security Project scheme and has provided 39 Primary Schools in Central, Makira Ulawa, Choiseul, and Temotu Provinces with a total of 32 classrooms, 1,050 desks, 108 toilets, and 24 water tanks.

Ms. Okino said the project is designed to address the problems of overcrowding and lack of resources at schools in the rural areas of the country.

Today it has successfully assisted primary schools and community high schools across the country since its first phase in 2003, with provision of school infrastructure and work experience training for rural unemployed youths.

May 26, 2006

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