Republic of China (Taiwan) donates US$120,000 in bursaries
Officials and students who were the recipients of bursaries donated by the Republic of China
April 29, 2022

Republic of China (Taiwan) donates US$120,000 in bursaries

Schools across this country are benefiting from a generous donation of US$120,000 from the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The second phase of distributions saw just over 20 schools receiving bursaries from the Taiwan Human Resource Development Programme on Tuesday, April 26 at the Georgetown Secondary School, the Agency for Public Information said in a release. 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; Parliamentary Representative for South Central Windward, Saboto Caesar and Parliamentary Representative for South Windward, Frederick Stephenson assisting in the distribution of the awards.

Highlighting the importance of education in both bilateral relationships and national development in every country, Ambassador Lan revealed that the programme, which is now in its 25th year has benefited more than 11,000 Vincentian students. The Taiwan Ambassador used the opportunity to pledge the continuing support of his government and people to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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.” King added, “it is absolutely necessary that we all come together to ensure that our children are educated.” The minister said the donation is timely given the changing economic and political landscape. He thanked the Government of Taiwan for their generosity in providing this country with support in almost every field. King also encouraged the students, parents and guardians to use the support wisely.

Expressing gratitude to the government and people of Taiwan, Acting Prime Minister, Daniel highlighted the tremendous support which Taiwan has given over the years, noting that this donation comes at a crucial juncture, alluding to the aftermath of the volcanic eruptions. Minister Daniel also praised the government of Taiwan for their contribution towards the infrastructural development, in particular roads.

All schools in the country will benefit from this donation. The schools that received bursaries on Tuesday are: The School for Children with Special Needs Georgetown, Fancy Government, Owia Government and Dickson Methodist Schools, Langley Park Primary, Tourama Government, Pamelous Burke and Colonaire Primary Schools, South Rivers Methodist, Park Hill Primary, Diamond Government and New Ground Primary Schools, Biabou Methodist, Grieggs Government, Lowmans Windward Anglican and Lauders Primary Schools. Also receiving bursaries were the Sandy Bay, Georgetown, George Stephens, North Union and the Adelphi Secondary Schools and the Georgetown Technical Institute. The Education Team will move to Barrouallie and Bequia to hand out other awards.