On November 25, 2019, Ambassador Akira Karasawa from the Embassy of Japan formally handed over the renovated science laboratory and brand new science equipment to SDA Elementary School. The handover ceremony for “The Project for Upgrading Science Laboratory for Palau SDA Elementary School” was held at SDA Elementary School and attended by Chairman of Palau Adventist Schools Surangel Whipps, Jr.and other related personnel from the School.

Through this project, valued US$37,027 in total, the existing classroom was entirely renovated to a science lab and 30 kinds of new laboratory equipment were procured for the school. This GGP project will enable SDA Elementary School to provide the students with a safe learning environment as well as hands-on experience in order to expand their knowledge and interest in science.

Ambassador Karasawa congratulated the SDA Elementary School on the completion of the GGP Project and expressed his hope that the students will enjoy learning science with the new science lab and equipment and that it will lead to further development of students.  Additionally, he requested the students and the school to maintain them well so that they could be used for a long period of time.

Mr. Whipps and Principal Sanchez conveyed their appreciation to the Embassy for the grant and mentioned that the school had needed the science lab and equipment to expand students’ interest in science. Furthermore, they hoped that their students would learn a lot from lab experiments like Thomas Edison did and it would lead them to academic success.

Since Japan launched the GGP in 1999, the Embassy of Japan has signed 78 GGP projects (as of November 2019) 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.