Japanese Embassy assists Portland school
The Embassy of Japan in Jamaica officially handed over two renovated classrooms during a ceremony at Happy Grove High School on Thursday to boost the school's growing population.
The renovated classrooms were completed at a cost of approximately J$12 million by way of a grant contract made possible through the Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
Japan's Ambassador to Jamaica Masanori Nakano pointed out that under the project, the Japanese government has been assisting projects in Jamaica which can contribute to the well-being and welfare of people in critical areas, including education, vocational training, health, community development, and rural infrastructure.
"I am very happy to know that from now on, students will be able to work and study in a more conducive condition," he said.
He urged students to work harder to accomplish goals, so that they can contribute to the economic and social development of their communities and Jamaica.
"My mission is to work with the people and Government of this country to strengthen dialogue and deepen cooperation that better serves the interests of our two countries," he added.
Education Minister Ruel Reid urged Ambassador Nakano and his team to continue the effort, as many schools have benefited under the Grassroots programme.
He also encouraged students to take care of the facility.
"To whom much is given, much is expected. And while you might have to migrate for higher education, do not forget this community and your parish. Make sure you return to give back to your school and your community," he added.