BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
BUINITUSU Community in Marovo Lagoon, Western province has nothing much to be thankful for other than a newly handed over double-story classroom complex worth up to SBD 700,000 as New Year’s Gift from the government and the people of Japan.
Under Japan’s Grassroots and Human Security Project Scheme, Buinitusu Primary school on Tuesday 14th January witnessed the handing over ceremony of the new classroom building by the Japanese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Mr. Shigeru Toyama.
Grassroots and Human Security Project coordinated by the Embassy of Japan aims to improve education services infrastructure with a focus on basic education in the Solomon Islands, such as the construction of schools, staff house for teachers or dormitory for students. For Buinitusu Primary school, this project was signed in March 2019 with the Embassy
Speaking during the ceremony, Mr. Shigeru expressed his gratitude to the school board for their strong leadership towards the completion of the project.
“I would like to recall to you that this project was signed in March 2019 between the Embassy of Japan and Buinitusu Primary School.
“Japan Contributed about 695, 000 Solomon dollars in total to rebuild a classroom building.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the chairman and the school board members for their strong leadership towards the completion of the project and I sincerely thank the community for their support and strong commitment.
“I also appreciate the contractors who made a great job in terms of finalizing this project within a 1-year timeframe, as well as the building, is of high quality,” Mr. Shigeru said.
The Japanese Ambassador said that the school project is one of the top priority areas to focus on under the Grassroots and Human Security Project Scheme.
He said his embassy is willing to continue their efforts to support the education sector and to cultivate cordial relationships between Japan and Solomon Islands.
“Under this scheme, the school project is one of the top priority areas to focus on.
“Japan recognized that education is the base of human resources, the base of the society and base of the country.
“Therefore, the Embassy of Japan is willing to continue our efforts in assistance for the education field to see more happy faces in the Solomon Islands and to cultivate a cordial relationship between the two countries.
“On behalf of the government of Japan, I would like to congratulate you all on today’s official opening of these new classrooms,” Ambassador Shigeru said.
Buinitusu School Headmaster Charles Chaku on behalf of the school board and the community, in high spirit, thanked the embassy for their great assistance towards the school.
He said the community has been struggling to cope with providing a permanent building facility to house the growing number of students after the collapse of their 29 – 30 years old school classroom a few years ago.
“I on behalf of the school would like to thank the good people of Japan through your good office for this very important gift.
“Buinitusu community has been struggling to cope with providing a permanent building facility to house the growing number of students we have in our community after our classroom that we use for the past 30 years collapsed a few years ago,” l Charles Chaku said.
He continued; “this has affected classes for students and teachers alike since classes are based merely on the locations and even status of the building and not to mention other factors such as varying weather conditions we experienced in the islands.
The school headmaster further stressed that with such a situation at hand, students’ interests and focus in school work were also challenged resulting in few students transferring to other schools.
“We thank you for this timely and generous support and commitment to this worthy course.
“I know what we are given today will go a long way in serving the many children of our community who will be passing through this facility,” Headmaster Chaku said.
He also thanked the Education Authority of the Seventh Day Adventist Church under the Solomon Islands Mission in Honiara for guidance and support in facilitating important administrative decisions for its schools whereby Buinitusu Primary School is one of them.