Pohnpei Catholic School’s New Classrooms from the Government of Japan

In a ceremony held at the Pohnpei Catholic School (PCS) in Pohnpei on September 8, 2013, the Government of Japan officially handed over the three-classroom building that was signed over to PCS last year in the amount of $115, 161 USD. The grant was utilized to build three new classrooms and also to purchase desks and chairs for the students and teachers. PCS is a very well known private school and it has served to educate and graduate many students who are now successfully working in the FSM or abroad.

Senior-Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Shunichi Suzuki presented the grant and in his speech he stated that it is vital that a child’s learning environment be suitable to instigate a rewarding experience for students and there are higher chances of yielding a successful future as well.

The school’s principal, Mr. Staylor Elidok gave the acceptance speech on behalf of PCS and reiterated the school’s gratitude and appreciation for the immense assistance received from the Government of Japan. He included that the school was also fortunate to have such a high ranking official on the school grounds as well.

The handing over of the project which was symbolized by the ensuing of a “key” between Senior-Vice Minister Suzuki and the Chairman of the Board of the school who furthermore is the FSM Secretary of the Department of Education, Honorable Rufino Mauricio.

The ceremony was witnessed by school board members, government officials at the state and national levels, parents and students who presented a song for the visitors.


Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki giving a speech

Handing Over Key

Photograph with students

Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki (Left) visiting a classroom with Principal Staylor (Right)

New classroom funded by GGP

New school building funded by GGP