On June 23, 2022, His Excellency KARASAWA Akira, Ambassador of Japan handed over a new school building to PEC Gospel Kindergarten. The handover ceremony for “The Project for Reconstructing PEC Gospel Kindergarten Facility” was held at PEC Gospel Kindergarten and attended by Palau Evangelical Church officials, PEC School managements, students and many guests.

PEC Gospel Kindergarten known as Emmaus Gospel Kindergarten was the first pre-school, “Iotsieng/Yotsieng”, and has been playing a very important role in the community for more than 50 years. The school has been supported by many parents since the school provides the high-quality early-child education for decades. However, the old school building structure was significantly deteriorated and was not safe to accommodate students. Additionally, the school needed a new building to accommodate the growing number of children on the waiting list, as the demand for childcare for preschoolers is increasing due to the family structure changed in Palau.

Considering this situation, the Embassy of Japan decided to provide funds for reconstruction of the new “iotsieng” building through the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The project’s cost was $376,276.00.

At the ceremony, Paster Kuartei expressed his deep appreciation to the Government of Japan for its assistance. Ambassador Karasawa expressed his hope that this project would be a new showcase of Japan’s assistance to Palau in education field to meet needs of the safe and appropriate learning environment for children, students and their parents.

The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of June 23, 2022, the Embassy has signed 93 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at https://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/about_ggp.html .

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