Refurbished Malapoa College handed over

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai  and the new Ambassador of China to Vanuatu, Zhou Haicheng, sign the handover.
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and the new Ambassador of China to Vanuatu, Zhou Haicheng, sign the handover.

THE refurbishment of Malapoa College – the biggest infrastructure project in the Pacific funded by the Chinese government – at Malapoa was officially handed over to the Vanuatu government yesterday.

It has 16 buildings which include 16 science labs, 24 classrooms, one library, a computer lab, dormitories, staff house and eight teachers’ facilities.

Dignitaries inspect the new classrooms.
Dignitaries including the PM, the Ambassador and the Education Minister, Jean Pierre Nirua, inspect the new classrooms.

The acting principal of Malapoa College, Shem Simeon, said the buildings can accommodate more than 800 students.

He said with this infrastructure the government is watering the roots of the education of Vanuatu.

PM Salwai tries out the new computer lab.
PM Salwai tries out the new computer lab.

During the celebration the Prime Minister Charlot Salwai thanked the Chinese government for the new look school.

He said the project cost VT1.2 billion and that it is like a lighthouse that will continue to provide bright potential for Ni Vanuatu citizens.

“This infrastructure will provide a state of the art learning environment for our people,” he said.

“I wish to convey the government’s continuous support to the college and other learning institutions in Vanuatu to ensure that the government’s overall plan for higher education is achieved.”

Students welcome the handover of the refurbished school buildings.
Students welcome the handover of the refurbished school buildings.
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