Official Handover Ceremony of the new school building for Lepa Primary School.

Students, teachers, parents and the school community of Lepa celebrated the completion of their newly built school building, which was officially opened on Saturday 19th October 2019.

It was attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H. E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki who also congratulated the village of Lepa for their new school building. The Keynote Address was delivered by the Honorable Prime Minister, Afioga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi acknowledging the solid support of the Government of Japan to the development of Education in Samoa. The Minister of MESC, Hon. Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio was given the honor of cutting the ribbon. The CEO MESC and other distinguished guests also attended the special occasion.

The project was fully funded by the Government of Japan under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP), at a cost of USD 133,215 (about SAT 336,911.99). The new building consists of eight new classrooms with a staffroom and a library.

The high chiefs of Lepa and the village community were also present to celebrate with appreciation the completion of the new building, providing refreshments and faaoso for the invited guests.

It is hope that the project will greatly help the School Committee, parents and teachers to promote a learning environment that improves the abilities of children of Lepa.

There has been a slight increase in the number of students attending Lepa Primary School compared to the last five years, from 133 with an increase this year to 160 students reflecting the need to accommodate students in a school building that has enough classrooms.

The school roll at the time is 160 students with 4 teaching staff.

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