Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Project for Construction of Gymnasium in Nett Elementary School, Pohnpei State

 
     On June 16, 2017, the Groundbreaking Ceremony was held at Nett Elementary School for the Project for Construction of Gymnasium in Nett Elementary School, Pohnpei State which provided Department of Education, Pohnpei State with US$180,970 from Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects of the Government of Japan.

     The goal for this project is to provide a gymnasium which improves an educational environment and students’ health at Nett Elementary School. Nett Elementary School has physical education classes for improving mental and physical health, and preventing a lifestyle-related disease for students.  However, this school has only an outside playground so that unfortunately the classes are often cancelled by heavy rains. Therefore, the provided gymnasium expects to help to conduct the classes regularly and safely which would improve education and health for 897 students and 18 teachers at Nett Elementary School. The gymnasium would be open to local people as well.

     Charge d’Affairs ad interim Koji Sugiyama sincerely congratulated this day as a reinforcement of two countries’ friendship and hoped the Gymnasium will increase opportunities of exercise for students and local people.  Mr. Iginio Iriarte, Nett School PTA President expressed his full of joys for making local people’s long- term dream coming true by this project  and his gratitude to the Congress of the FSM. The Hon. Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei State stated that the Gymnasium will help not only people in Nett but also everyone in Pohnpei State to enhance their health and community’s and expressed his sincere appreciation to the government and people of Japan.

     At the ceremony, Director of Department of Education Churchill Edward, Nett Elementary School Principal Primo Loyola, Budget Officer Christina Elnei, Public Affairs Officer Heinrick Stevenson, Nett District Administrator Peteriko Hairens, Delco Construction, and staffs of the Embassy of Japan in the FSM were also present.
 

Speech by Charge d’Affairs ad interim Koji Sugiyama

Speech by Mr. Iginio Iriarte, Nett School PTA President

Speech by The Hon. Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei State

Breaking the ground for the project (Photo provided by Pohnpei State)