JAPAN COMPLETES 16 SMALL SCHOOLS IN SOLOMONS

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Aug. 31) - Japan has completed construction of 16 community high schools in Malaita, Guadalcanal and Western provinces.

Japan Embassy Grassroots Project coordinator Yosuke Sekiguchi said these also include desks, latrines and water tanks.

This project was funded through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).

Mr Sekiguchi said the project finished construction in the first week of August - one year and one month after the signing of project documents in July 2006.

This project was implemented by the Rural Development Volunteers Association (RDVA), with cooperation from the Ministry of Provincial Government and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development.

Mr Sekiguchi said each community has received a new two-classroom building, 30 new desks, six new pour-flush latrines and three water tanks.

He said almost two-thirds of the total project budget of SB$3,000,000 [US$430,000] was spent on building materials and contracted local village labour totalling over SB$100,000 [US$14,350] of direct funding to each community.

He said Japan puts a high priority on education, particularly through quality education facilities, and will endeavour to continue funding rural school construction in the future.

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