Tuesday 7 April, 2020

Piaye Combined School to put US$ 62k grant from Japan to good use

His Excellency Ambassador Tatsuo Hirayama and Acting Principal of the Piaye Combined School sign the agreement

His Excellency Ambassador Tatsuo Hirayama and Acting Principal of the Piaye Combined School sign the agreement

Another school in the south of the island will benefit from the assistance from the Embassy of Japan under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).

Yesterday, Thursday, January 16, 2020, a signing ceremony was held for the GGP between the Embassy of Japan and the Piaye Combined School, which the acting principal of the school, Jeanneve Charlery-Etienne, described as “a day to rejoice”.

In her address to the gathering at the school where the agreement was signed, Etienne said today is the beginning of a partnership which promises to improve the health and safety of present and future students and staff of this institution.

“The Government of Japan has shown its commitment to support development at the grassroots level throughout the GGP. This signing ceremony today, signals the beginning of a project that allows for the provision of a grant totaling  US$ 62,189 to be used for the construction of a new toilet facility for the students, a lunch area and renovation of the existing toilets for the staff room,” Etienne explained.

She lamented that to date, no major rehabilitation works have been carried out on the students’ toilets of the school which was built in 1982.

“We at the Piaye Combined School strongly believe that the health and safety of our students is paramount, and we continue to endeavor towards providing a more conducive environment for our students,” Etienne said.

In his address, His Excellency, Ambassador Tatsuo Hirayama of the Embassy of Japan, said: “Today, I am extremely pleased to sign another agreement for our Grassroots Human Security Project. I am especially pleased to do so in this particular community which will improve the health environment of the Piaye Combined School.”

He added: “I wish to see this project be completed on schedule and within budget once we signed the documents, so the students here will be able to utilize new, renovated facilities in the not too distant future.”

District Education Officer (DEO) of District Seven, Kay Clarke-Nicholas, said: “We at the Department of Education and by extension, the Government of Saint Lucia are exceedingly grateful for the level of co-operation, collaboration and support between Japan and the people of Saint Lucia.”

She said through a collaborative effort, the schools in the Choiseul area are becoming a better place, with a more conducive and safe learning environment for teachers and students.

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