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Japan Upgrades St. Andrew High School

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20 November 2012 Japan handed over a grassroots project to upgrade St. Andrew's High School on Tuesday, November 20th.

The handover ceremony of the project was held at the school's compound at Mailetaha, Nuku'alofa. His Excellency, Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga attended the handover ceremony.

His Excellency Dr. Hamuro in his speech congratulated the completion of the project and appraised the efforts made by partners of the project.  He emphasized that the quality of education is built on students' hard work as well as collaborative efforts among teachers and students.  He also highlighted assistance of Mr. Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese national who voluntarily teaches music and Japanese language in St. Andrews High School on his own accord.  "Mr. Suzuki crystallized Japan's vision of strengthening people-to-people exchange as one of the center pillars of Japan's involvement in the South Pacific," said His Excellency Dr. Hamuro.

Mrs. Katherine Vaka, President of the Parents and Teachers Association of St. Andrew High School, expressed appreciation of Japan's assistance and encouraged students of St. Andrew's to use the facility properly.

The project is funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Government of Japan.  St. Andrew's High School faced a deteriorating industrial arts building after being seriously damaged by a cyclone in 2010. The Parents and Teachers Association of the school sought for Japan's assistance in 2011. The project financed construction of a new industrial arts building with rooms for practical, classroom, office and storage. The old building was built in the 1970's. Nearly 500 students are studying at St. Andrew's High School this year with 32 teachers are to benefit from this project.

The Government of Japan has supported more than 120 projects in the field of education and vocational training through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1993.


Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP)

Project Name   - Project for Upgrading of St. Andrew High School

Recipient - St. Andrew High School Parents and Teachers Association

G/C Signed -   14th March 2011

Grant Amount - USD$83,023.00 (as of G/C)

Contractor - (1) Kiwi (Tonga) Limited

Project Outline

-          New industrial arts building (193 m2)

Including rooms for :

  • Practical
  • Classroom
  • Office
  • Storage


Issued by the: Embassy of Japan, Nuku'alofa, Further enquires contact:  Mr. Fumihito Shinohara, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan in Tonga. Level 5, National Reserve Bank of Tonga Building / Telephone: 22-221 / Fax 27-025

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