Vice-President Yosiwo P. George Participated at the Turn-Over Ceremony
of the new NMHS Library and Classroom Building
Press Release #1706-02
FSM Information Services
June 7, 2017
The Honorable Vice-President Yosiwo P. George participated at the
Turn-Over Ceremony of the new Nanpei Memorial High School Library and
Classroom Building in Kitti Municipality, which was held in the
afternoon of May 26, 2017.
The new building is funded by the Government of the US to build a new
Library and Classrooms to accommodate the increase number of students
The new NMHS building
librarian room, a computer lab, a general reading areas and utility
rooms. The reading areas
have a seating capacity of 52 students while the computer lab has a
capacity of 12 students. The second floor has 4 classrooms, 2 restrooms,
and custodian room. Each
classroom has a capacity of 30 students.
Vice President George expressed that not only this new
building is perhaps the best and prettiest in Pohnpei State or beyond
but it will require a “standardized school curriculum, a well-resourced
and balanced teaching instruction, good school policies and rules,
qualified teachers certified by the National Government and a workable
education management plan” to make NMHS the best school in Pohnpei
In his statement, Vice President George expressed that he
was very proud of this new
building because “it is perhaps the only public school facilities in
Pohnpei that has a ramp to help students with disabilities in accordance
with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).”
He congratulated Pohnpei State for ensuring that this ramp is
built and encouraged other FSM States to follow the example set forth by
In his statement, Vice President George expressed his gratitude and
appreciation to the people and Government of the United States (US)
through Ambassador Robert Riley who attended the turn over ceremony on
behalf of the Government of the US.
Vice President George indicated that he was happy to see
Lt. Governor of Pohnpei State, the Honorable Reed Oliver, officials from
Pohnpei State, and members of the Pohnpei State Legislature
gathered in Kitti to witness the ceremony, which was an
indication of great appreciation and thankfulness for the successful
completion of the important project.
At the end of his
statement, Vice President George conveyed that the FSM National
leadership shares the same feeling of pride and appreciation for the
completion of the new building. He stated that the new building is and
would become a permanent landmark in Kitti Municipality.
It would stand not only as a symbol of the strong partnership
between FSM and US but also symbolize a strong partnership through the
Compact of Free Association. This
would also connect
students of NMHS to the rest of the world and open the gateways for
students to better cope with connected global society.
Vice President George reiterated that the FSM highly values and
enjoys its diplomatic relationship with US, which entered into force in
1986 and that the FSM has remained committed and will continue to work
closely with the US through the Compact of Free Association.
President George concluded his statement by thanking the Nanpei family
for their support and commitment to education and promote goodwill for
the people of Pohnpei State.
He indicated that this school has a rich historical significance;
not only it was started during the Japanese Administration, moved around
in Kitti Municipality, and ended up in the location where it stand
today, but many families came and settled with the Nanpei Family buried
within the vicinity of the school – this shows the historical
significant of the NMHS.
Vice President George was accompanied to
the turn over ceremony by Second Lady Antilise George; Secretary Kalwin
Kephas, FSM Department of Education; Secretary Sihna Lawrence, FSM
Department of Finance and Administration; Mr. Dohsis Halbert, Special
Assistant/Advisor to the President for Micronesian Affairs; and Mr.
Herman Semes, Jr, Special Assistant/Advisor for the Vice President.