Ambassador of Japan Toshiyuki Yamada formally handed over a brand new school bus to Melekeok Elementary School on Tuesday August 28, 2018.
The handover ceremony for “The Project for School Bus Procurement for Melekeok Elementary School” was held at Melekeok Elementary School. It was attended by Delegate and PTA Chairman Lentcer Basilius, Minister of Education Sinton Soalablai, Melekeok State Legislator Hidencio Kintaro, Principal of Melekeok Elementary School Kerungil Tellei and other related personnel.
Through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), Melekeok Elementary School was granted a new 30-seater bus at a total cost of $107,245. As students from Ngchesar, Ngiwal and Melekeok States study at Melekeok Elementary School, majority of them use school buses every day. Due to the shortage of buses, students were sometimes late for morning classes. This shortage also limited the access for students to participate in activities outside the state.
Now that the brand new bus has arrived, Melekeok Elementary School could provide students with a safe and reliable transportation and take them to various outside activities. At the ceremony, Ambassador Yamada expressed his hope that this project could improve the learning environment for Melekeok Elementary School students.
The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of August 28, 2018, the Embassy has signed 71 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations. Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan for GGP in order to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at http://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html (PR)