Grant Contract Signing Ceremony for the Project for Construction of Gymnasium in Nett Elementary School, Pohnpei State

   On March 10, 2017, the Grant Contract Signing Ceremony was held for the Project for Construction of Gymnasium in Nett Elementary School, Pohnpei State which provided Department of Education, Pohnpei State with US$180,970 under Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects.

   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.

   Ambassador Horie Ryoichi stated that the Government of Japan is always pleased to assist the FSM and encouraged the students for the better future. In his speech of acknowledgement, The Hon.  Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei State, stated that he was pleased to witness Nett Elementary School receiving the grant since it is one of the best schools in Pohnpei State and expressed his sincere appreciation to the government and people of Japan.

   Presented at the ceremony, Director of Department of Education Churchill Edward, Nett Elementary School Principal Primo Loyola, Nett Elementary School Vice Principal Maxson Mallarme,  Nett Elementary School PTA Chairman Higinio Iriarte, staffs of Pohnpei State Government,  a JICA volunteer at Nett Elementary School, and staffs of the Embassy of Japan in the FSM.

Speech by Ambassador Horie     

Speech by Governor Peterson

Exchanging the grant contact by Ambassador Horie and Director Edward, Department of Education Edward

Group photo of the participants with the big check