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JICA Assistance Acknowledged in West New Britain

The Japanese Government’s Grants Assistance Programmes, funded under the Japanese International Coorperation Assistance, or JICA, has gone toward infrastructure development, and enhancing health and education in West New Britain Province.

Japanese Ambassador, Satoshi Nakajima, visited JICA’s Volunteer Activity Site this week and witnessed some of JICA’s successful projects implemented in the province.

Two schools in West New Britain Province, St Joseph Ruango Primary and Haella Primary School, were recipients of JICA’s Japanese Overseas Coorperation Volunteers Programme and Japan’s Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project.

Haella Primary, a recipient of Japan’s Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project fund which was used to rehabilitate the school’s infrastructure.

St Joseph Ruango Primary School held a health workshop which educated students on infection control against malaria through Japanese Overseas Coorperation Volunteers Programme.

Japanese Ambassador His Excellency, Satoshi Nakajima, and Japanese International Coorperation Assistance Chief Representative, Takashi Toyama; West New Britain Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel, and delegates received a rousing welcome by traditional dancers as they arrived at St Joseph Ruango Primary School.

Head Teacher Peter Sinou on behalf of the school administration thanked the Japanese Government for choosing their school, where students participated in a health workshop, and were educated about malaria prevention.

Mr Nakajima, speaking during the event, said for the past 37 years the relationship between Japan and PNG has grown steadily because of JICA volunteer activities like this.

Head Teacher for Haella Primary Schoo, Alex Nara, acknowledged Japan’s Assistance which saw the construction of a new classroom and renovation of another at the tune of K232,000.

Mr Nakajima officiating at the classroom opening congratulated the school’s administration and urged them to look after these facilities for many years as a symbol of friendship between Japan and Haella Primary School.

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