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Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) are benefitting from a donation of US$120,000 from the Government and people of Taiwan.  

The second phase of distributions saw just over 20 schools receiving bursaries from the Taiwan Human Resource Development Programme recently at the Georgetown Secondary School. 

Principals of primary and secondary schools were present at the handing over ceremony, which saw Taiwan Ambassador, Peter She-Li Lan, Deputy Prime Minister, Montgomery Daniel, Area Representative for South Central Windward, Saboto Caesar and Area Representative for South Windward, Frederick Stephenson in attendance, assisting in the distribution of the awards.

Highlighting the importance of education in both bilateral relationships and national development in every country, Lan said that the programme, which is in its 25th year, has seen over 11,000 Vincentian students benefiting. 

He used the opportunity to pledge the support of the government and people of Taiwan to SVG.

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Minister of Education, Curtis King in his remarks said, “Education is the single most important ingredient to the enhancement of our individual lives as well as the development of our country. Ir is absolutely necessary that we all come together to ensure that our children are educated.” 

He said the donation is timely since the economic and political landscapes are changing. 

The education minister thanked Taiwan for is generosity in providing SVG with support in almost every field and encouraged the students, parents and guardians to use the support wisely.

Expressing gratitude to Taiwan, Daniel spoke of the tremendous support Taiwan has given over the years, noting that the donation comes at a crucial juncture — in the aftermath of the volcanic eruptions

Daniel also praised Taiwan for its contribution to the infrastructural development, in particular roads. 

All schools in the country will benefit from the donations.

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