13th August, 2020 The Prime Minister, Honourable Rev. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, was the Guest of Honour at the commissioning of new classrooms at the GPS Ha’amonga yesterday.

The two new buildings with five classrooms, were constructed under the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) led by the MEIDECC and co-funded by the World Bank and the Australian Government. The PREP project is building 33 new classroom buildings and repairing 10 classroom buildings, which is a total of 110 classrooms in Tongatapu, ‘Eua and Vava’u of approximately TOP$28 million.

“Students, it is my hope that you cherish the donation that we are witnessing and blessing today, through perseverance and taking good care of it, for a promising future for families, the village, churches and Tonga.” Said Honourable Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa.

Prime Minter Honourable Rev. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa

“With the new classrooms in place today, we are restoring students’ birthright to acquire their right to quality education, right which is a very much needed by Tonga for its future sustainable development. Therefore, students please remember it is donated through the spirit of friendship, caring and sharing, so in the classroom, learn to think globally and act locally and become good global citizens in the future,” said Honourable Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa.

“These constructions are under the resilience program of the Pacific Resilience Program or PREP. PREP is a Pacific regional program with a series of projects to strengthen the resilience of participating countries, including Tonga. It aims at strengthening early warning and preparedness; creating a framework for stronger and prioritized investments in resilience and retrofitting of key-public assets to meet internationally recognized resilience standards or build back better; and improve the post-disaster response capacity of the countries through strengthened financial resilience to disaster events,” said Honourable Poasi Tei.

Tamale, the Chief of Niutōua welcomed the guests at the beginning of the ceremony. The Minister for MEIDECC, Honourable Poasi Tei presented the overview of the Project. The Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency Adrian Morrison, delivered a speech representing the development partners. The Keynote Address was delivered by the Prime Minister, Honourable Rev. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa. The Minister of Education and Training, Honourable Siaosi ‘Ofa-ki-Vahafolau Sovaleni delivered the Vote of thanks.

The World Bank’s representative in Tonga, Mrs. Natalia Palu Latu; Five Star Construction; the Designing and Supervision Consultant Contractor, Cardno; Senior Education Officers; Project Management Unit representatives; members of the Clergy; parents; teachers; and students of GPS Ha’amonga were also present to witness this prestigious event.

The new classroom buildings were constructed by a local contractor, Five Star Construction. The total area of the five classroom is 250 m2, which can accommodate about 125 to 150 students. The total value for the construction is TOP$964,170.00.

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For further information contact:

‘Elina Kaufusi Bloomfield, t: (676) 23-160, e: elinakb1466@yahoo.com.au PREP Project Management Unit (PMU) Level 4, OG Sanft Building, MEIDECC