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Japan Upgraded Mata’aho Kindergarten as part of GGP aid

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2 July 2013 Japan handed over a grassroots project to upgrade the Mata'aho Kindergarten on Thursday, June 27th 2013. The handover ceremony of the project was held at 10:00am at the school's compound in Kolomotu'a Tongatapu. His Excellency Dr. Kazuchika Hamuro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga, attended the handover ceremony.

His Excellency congratulated the completion of the project and appraised the efforts made by partners of the project.  In his speech he emphasized the importance of Early Childhood Education, and that positive learning experiences in both cognitive learning and social learning in kindergartens provide and excellent foundation to enrich learning at primary schools.  He said that he was excited to handover the facilities because kindergarten children can benefit from a better learning environment in a better location.

Mr. Saimone Tonga, Chairman of the Parents and Teachers Association of Mata'aho Kindergarten acknowledged the generous assistance of the people and Government of Japan.

The project is funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) of the Government of Japan. The Mata'aho Kindergarten's previous classroom was built in the 1970's but was badly damaged by a cyclone in 2010. Mata'aho Kindergarten sought for Japan's assistance in 2011 prioritizing provision of safer and healthier educational environment for their pupils. The project would benefit approximately 50 pupils this year with a new classroom building and a toilet building.

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GGP)

Project Fact Sheet

Project Name   Project for Upgrading of Mata'aho Kindergarten

Recipient        Mata'aho Kindergarten Teachers, Parents and Students Association

G/C Signed      14th March, 2012

Grant Amount   USD$87,091.00 (as of G/C)

Contractor   (1) Tafolo Group of Company Ltd

Project Outline

  • 1 Classroom Building (3 rooms)
  • 1 Toilet Building (4 rooms)

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 July 2013 22:16 )  

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