Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea Mr Morio Matsumoto opened new classrooms in the Southern Highlands of PNG this morning.The Ambassador was the guest of honour at Posulim Primary School in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province for the opening ceremony of new classrooms funded by the Japanese Government. In February this year, the Embassy of Japan, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human security Projects (GGP), made available to Posulim Primary School of a grant worth up to US$ 104,602 (K250, 000) for the construction 2 x one story two block- classroom buildings with office space including 80 desks aiming at expanding its capacity to educate many more students to relieve them from crowded or makeshift classrooms. Now that the new facilities are completed the school will now have a much better learning and teaching environment for the students and teachers. In his speech, Ambassador Matsumoto congratulated Posulim Primary School on its successful completion of the project, adding that the new classroom buildings should be well looked after so that it will benefit the school children of this community for many years to come. He further stated that this assistance shows Japan’s support and commitment in working together with the Government and the people of PNG to improve education infrastructure in PNG. It is his sincere hope that this project thus completed will represent a significant step forward in further strengthening the friendship and partnership that Japan has maintained with Papua New Guinea.Japan, as one of the major donors of the official development assistance for Papua New Guinea, launched GGP in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. GGP is contributing to “empowering the people through improved education and life skills” targeted by Papua New Guinea Vision 2050. As of September 2014,268 grassroots projects funded by GGP have been implemented through NGOs, local government units and other non-profit organizations including hospitals and schools. The total grant projects so far amounts to US$15million (Approximately K40 million).