On March 24, 2017, Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan Koji Tomita formally handed over the renovated science laboratory and brand new science equipment to Mindszenty High School (MHS) under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) .


Through “The Project for Upgrading Science Laboratory for Mindszenty High School”, valued US$74,770 in total, the existing science lab was enlarged and entirely renovated, now equipped with a storage room, 7 new laboratory tables with sinks, and 2 showers. In addition, 21 kinds of new laboratory equipment, which in total are 104 items, were procured for the school.

This GGP project will enable Mindszenty High School to provide a safe learning environment as well as hands-on experience for students to expand their knowledge and interest in science. Maris Stella school students will also be able to use this new science lab and science equipment. This is the third GGP project that the Japanese Government funded to Mindszenty High School through the GGP, following year 2000 and 2008.
Held at Mindszenty High School, the Handing Over Ceremony, attended by school related personnel, MHS students, and Maris Stella 5th grade students, started with an opening prayer by Episcopal Vicar of Catholic Church of Palau, Rev. Rusk Saburo, and then the national anthems of Japan and Palau. MHS Japanese language students gave an appreciation speech in both Japanese and English and Maris Stella students welcomed guests with songs and dance.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Counsellor Tomita congratulated the MHS on completion of the GGP Project and hoped that the new science lab and equipment would be well used and maintained by MHS for a long period of time and that it would lead to further development of friendship between Japan and Palau.

Since Japan launched the GGP in 1999, the Embassy of Japan has signed 67 GGP projects (as of March 2017) to assist development at the grassroots level in Palau. The GGP’s focus areas include education, health care and environment, and its eligible recipients are nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, as well as local state governments. For further information about the GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at http://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/En/index.html. [/restrict]