The Chair of a primary school committee in South Guadalcanal has described a recent signing ceremony between the school and the Japanese Embassy as a ‘unique and significant moment’ in the community’s history.
Viso Primary School last Friday received assistance of $630,982.00 to build a two-storey classroom building for the school.
The double story classroom building will create space for five classrooms and office for primary school students from grade one to six.
The assistance was from the Japanese Grassroots and Human Security Project yesterday.
Chair of the Viso School Committee Jethro Chae told journalists this is the first time for the school to receive such assistance from any aid donor since the school started in 2001.
He says with the assistance, the school will educate its young school children in a permanent and safe classroom building.
“I’d like to applaud the Japanese Government that it’s the first donor to intervene in our community at Viso, so we are looking forward to having this new classroom.”
The Viso School Committee Chair adds the assistance will also ease some challenges which the school face, including classes during rainy seasons.
“There are challenges that we face since we are allocated between two rivers, though there are schools within our reach, but we have a lot of children, a good number to own a school. Even if we want to get them to the schools close by the rivers will be a problem and more especially when they are flooded. It would also take us time to get to the school because it is mountainous and it would take time to get there.”