On March 21, 2023, the signing ceremony for “The Project for the Renovation of George B. Harris Elementary School Buildings” worth $226,013 under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP). was held at the Embassy of Japan and was attended by Chargé d’ Affaires of Embassy of Japan in Palau HAGIWARA Mayu, Minister of Education Dr. Dale Jenkins, Principal of George B. Harris Elementary School Mr. Wicliff Emul, Chief of School operation Ms. Aileen Mikel, other official from Ministry of Education and PTA Chairperson.
George B. Harris Elementary School is the public School with the second largest number of students in Palau. The historic school building, which opened in 1964, has not been renovated since part of the roof was repaired in 1993, and under the hot and humid tropical climate, the roof and ceiling are deteriorated.
After considering the urgent issue, the Embassy of Japan recognized that the school definitely needs assistance and has decided to renovate the buildings in order to ensure the safe learning environment for the students and teachers.
During the ceremony, Chargé d’ Affaires Hagiwara stated, “Renovation of school buildings are urgent issue for the students and teachers to provide a safe education environment. To this end, the Government and the People of Japan hope that this assistance will contribute to further development of George B. Harris Elementary School.” Principal Emul made a speech in Japanese, “On behalf of the school and the community, I would like to express our appreciation for the Government and the People of Japan. I am sure that this assistance will further strengthen the ties between Japan and Palau.” Minister Jenkins stated, “ It is certainly beneficial to our students and to our school as a whole. The Embassy of Japan has stepped forward immediately to set a tremendously high standard of generosity and concern of the well-being of our children. I would like to deeply appreciate that.”
The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999 to meet development needs in grassroots activities in Palau. The Embassy of Japan has signed 98 grant contracts so far with schools, hospitals, state governments and NGOs. For further information about GGP, contact 488-6455 or visit the Embassy of Japan website at https://www.palau.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/about_ggp.html