On December 10, 2020, the signing ceremony for The Project for Improving School Environment for Palikir Elementary School, Pohnpei State was held at the Embassy of Japan to provide the Department of Education, Pohnpei State, with the funds up to US$76,693 under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the Government of Japan.
This project will renovate the three restrooms with their 15 flush toilets and 14 hand wash sinks, and the drainage ditch cover, and will build the walkways with roofs between the restrooms and the classroom buildings to improve the environment of the Palikir Elementary School to provide clean sanitary conditions and keep 534 students and 23 teachers and staff members safe and healthy.
As for the restrooms of the school, currently only one room is in service amongst four rooms. There are no roofs between the restrooms and the classroom buildings and the drainage ditch cover has been damaged. The current situation of the school compels a long queue of students there, their delay at classes, and their safety and health concerns.
At the ceremony, Ambassador Sobashima Hidenobu introduced that on the occasion of the FSM’s President Panuelo’s visit to Japan in November 2019, then Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan would strengthen its support to the FSM’s sustainable economic and social development, and hoped that is project would contribute to the sustainable development of Pohnpei State and the Federates States of Micronesia through the economic and social activities of its educated graduates.
Mr. Stanley Etse, Director, Department of Education expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Sobashima and the Government of Japan for the continuous support to Pohnpei State and the Federated State of Micronesia. He mentioned that they would do their best to make sure that the children of Pohnpei obtain best of education services that Government of Pohnpei would provide. He hoped that the children of Pohnpei would be better members of the society of Pohnpei benefiting from the education environment which is project would improve.
The ceremony was also attended by The Hon. Reed Oliver, Governor of Pohnpei State, Mr. Francisco Ifamilik, Principal, Palikir Elementary School, Mr. Patrick Pedrus, State Public Information Officer, Ms. Shirley Ligohr, External Assistance Coordinator, and members of the Embassy of Japan in the FSM.
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