New Japanese Ambassador Celebrates Inauguration of the school building in Manusae-Ermera

New Japanese Ambassador Celebrates Inauguration of the school building in Manusae-Ermera

Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Tetsuya KIMURA(Photo/Japan Embassy in TL)

DILI, 16 december 2022 (TATOLI) – Ambassador of Japan to Timor-Leste, Tetsuya KIMURA, attended the inauguration ceremony of the new school building at Trindade Lebuto school in Manusae village, Hatulia administrative post, Ermera municipality.

The ceremony was hosted by Integrated Guiding Institute (IMI), the local NGO that implemented the project.

Eusébio Salsinha, the President of Authority of Ermera Municipality, Raimundo José Neto, General Director of Policy, Planning Inclusion and Printing of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, local government officials of relevant authorities, stakeholders, teachers, school staff, and students joined Ambassador Kimura in the ceremony.

Ambassador Kimura extended his sincere gratitude to the people of Manusae village and IMI for the excellent construction of the school building.

“I am pleased to know that students and teachers have a better sanitary environment, and students in grades seven through nine are comfortable in their new classrooms without leaks or hazards. The Government of Japan cares about a safe and secure life for everyone. This of course includes people in remote areas. That is why we have many projects in all of the municipalities, even in hard-to-reach places. For example, in Ermera municipality, we have supported the construction of water supply systems, public clinics, and school buildings in 9 communities. I believe these projects have improved the quality of life for many people in these regions,” said Ambassador.

For this project, the Government of Japan provided US$90,909 through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security (GGP) scheme. The construction project started in 2000 and finished in 2022, Through this project, a new school building with 3 classrooms and restrooms was constructed, benefitting 230 students and 13 teachers in Trindade Lebuto school.

Since the first project was launched in 2000, 132 projects have been implemented under the GGP scheme in all 14 Municipalities of Timor-Leste worth $11,817,400.

The projects mainly assist with community infrastructure, including the construction and rehabilitation of school facilities, public clinics, and water supply systems, addressing various basic human needs at the grassroots level.


Journalist: Camilo de Sousa

Editor: Nelia Borges


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