ARULIGO Adventist Primary School in North West of Guadalcanal has recently taken ownership of a new double floor – six unit classroom building.
The building was funded under the Japanese Government – Grassroots and Human Security project that is aimed specifically for the people of Solomon Islands.
At the official handing over ceremony held at the school compound, His Excellency Mr Kenichi Kimiya, Ambassador of Japan to Solomon Islands said the classroom project was signed in November last year and is worth approximately $490,000.
“The assistance was mainly to provide better learning environment for the children of Aruligo Primary School and to improve education service infrastructure. Education plays key role for development where one of the Japanese priority areas under their Grassroots and Human Security Project Scheme in Solomon Islands is to support basic education through the construction of school facilities such as Classroom building for students.
“This project is a symbol of friendship between Japan and Solomon Islands and I believe that this project will promote quality education for the Solomon people and on behalf of the people of Japan, I would like to take this opportunity to say that we are pleased to contribute to the development for the people of Solomon Islands,” he said.
Meanwhile, he urged Aruligo primary school and surrounding communities to look after the infrastructure for its longer sustainability.
“Now the classroom building is yours. Please remember that from now it is your responsibility to take a good care of it. I hope it will be maintained so that the project will benefit a large number of students for many years to come,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aruligo Head Teacher, Casper Hillary described the Japanese Government as being a helper in funding one of its new brand classroom building for the school.
“The funding assistance of this newly built classroom is therefore timely and is valued by the Aruligo SDA Primary School community as special ‘gift’ from the people of Japan and a ‘blessing’ from above. This is a huge blessing that will really benefit the school for many years,” he expressed.
Hillary also confirmed to the Japanese Government that the school administration, authority and community are absolutely committed to the development aspirations of the primary school.
“The people of Aruligo SDA Community realises the importance of education and is aware of the Ministry of Education policies on quality education and in abolishing grade six SISE exams in the future.
“Therefore, the six unit classroom facility will definitely ease the problem of overcrowding and will provide conducive learning environment to our school children,” he added.
Aruligo Adventist Primary School has over the years experience several challenges in terms of expanding their classroom infrastructure. There has always been drastic increase of number of students enrolled each year, resulting to over crowding of classrooms, which makes learning and teaching ineffective.