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Imanuela Akatemia celebrates new roof and water tank

Wednesday 15 May 2024 | Written by Supplied | Published in Education, National

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Imanuela Akatemia celebrates new roof and water tank
Imanuela Akatemia School chairperson Ingrid Kelly Jubilee (left) and principal Pita Bolatoga Senibiakula (right), with Ambassador of Japan to the Cook Islands, Osawa Makoto (centre). EMBASSY OF JAPAN/24051417

The Imanuela Akatemia School celebrated the handover of its newly renovated roof and installed water tank, all made possible by generous grants from the Japanese government

On Friday last week, the Ambassador of Japan to the Cook Islands, Osawa Makoto, attended a handover ceremony to commemorate the successful completion of the “Project for Roof Renovation of Imanuela Akatemia School” under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

The Government of Japan provided a grant amount of NZ$114,102 for the school facility renovation implemented within the framework of GGP.

According to the Embassy of Japan, this grassroots project marked the 33rd project Japan has supported since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Cook Islands in 2011.

Prior to the implementation, the Imanuela Akatemia School required the replacement of the rusted veranda roof, deteriorated gutter, and water tank. Since then, a new roof and necessary equipment have been installed. This will enable the school to create a safer and more hygienic educational environment for students and teachers, contributing to the enhancement of the quality of education, the Embassy said.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Osawa remarked: “Today I am delighted to celebrate the completion of the project with you all. I sincerely hope that the school facility and equipment will be maintained well and used for many years to come, to be enjoyed by future students and residents of the next generation.”

Along with school principal Pita Bolatoga Senibiakula and chairperson Ingrid Kelly Jubilee, the handover ceremony was also attended by Owen Lewis, Secretary of Ministry of Education, Pastor Tevai Matapo, co-founder of Imanuela Akatemia, landowner Mokoroa-Kauvai family, parents and students. The attendees, in turn, expressed their gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for their support.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page on Friday, Imanuela Akatemia said: “We’re thrilled to announce the completion of our roof renovation and the installation of another water tank, all made possible thanks to the generous grants from the People of Japan!”

“Today, we gathered as a school community to celebrate this incredible milestone and officially hand over these projects to Imanuela Akatemia.

“Thank you once again to the People of Japan for their generosity and partnership in helping us create a better learning environment for our students. “Together, we’re making a difference!”

The Government of Japan has been supporting Cook Islands through GGP since 2011 in the areas of education, health and sustainable growth.

“It is hoped that this assistance will help further strengthen the friendly ties between the Governments and people of Japan and the Cook Islands,” the Embassy of Japan said.