On February 25, 2022, Ambassador of Japan Karasawa and Principal of Belau Modekngei School Yuri signed a grant contract for “The Project for Constructing a Science Laboratory in Belau Modekngei School” worth $49,258. The ceremony was held at the Embassy of Japan and witnessed by Representative of Board of Directors and Student Representative of Belau Modekngei School (BMS).

Strengthening abilities in the fields of science and math has always been important not only in Palau but also in other countries in the Pacific. BMS has been working to encourage their students to know the importance of science by bringing in more hands-on experiments to their classes. However, the school does not have a science lab and also lacks the basic equipment to operate science experimentations designated by the Ministry of Education. For this reason, its students were unable to acquire knowledge and skills through experiments, and rely on textbooks and video materials for learning. In addition, the school is the only high school in the country that does not have a science lab and it is not feasible for the students from the school to other schools in Koror to use laboratories.

Considering these challenges, the Embassy of Japan has decided to provide a grant aid to construct a new science lab and to procure of new lab equipment through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). This will enable the students to have hands-on experiments on campus.

In the ceremony, Ambassador Karasawa delivered his hope that this project will contribute to maximizing the learning opportunities for successful studies and to developing science education in Palau. Principal Yuri expressed his appreciation to the Government of Japan for continued supports to BMS.

The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999 to meet development needs in grassroots activities in Palau. The Embassy of Japan has signed 89 grant contracts with schools, hospitals, state governments and NGOs. 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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