Ambassador Akira Karasawa from the Embassy of Japan formally handed over a school bus to Palau High School on October 4, 2019.

The handover ceremony for “The Project for School Bus Procurement for Palau High School” was held at Palau High School (PHS) and attended by Minister of Education Sinton Soalablai and other related personnel from the Ministry of Education.

There are more than 250 students who commute to PHS from Babeldaob by school bus. However, some students often arrive late to their morning classes due to the insufficient number of school buses PHS can arrange for them. Therefore, the Embassy of Japan decided to grant a brand new 30-seater bus to PHS to improve the situation.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Karasawa expressed his hope that in this special year of celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Palau, the implementation of this project would contribute to further development of Palau High School and its students. Minister Soalablai conveyed his appreciation to the Japan Government for its continuous support to the Ministry, and to the people of Japan who cares about Palauan students to fill their needs. In addition, Principal Rdang stated that the procurement of this bus will allow students to have more opportunities to go for field trips as well as to participate in extracurricular activities outside of school.

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 October 4, 2019, the Embassy has signed 78 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations. Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan for GGP in order to contribute to sustainable development of Palau. For further information about GGP, please contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at (PR)