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Successive ongoing furtherance of Soroban education in Tonga

 Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 31/03/2017

The Ambassador of Japan to Tonga – H.E Yukio Numata last night presented certificates of commendation as appreciation of successive ongoing furtherance of Soroban education in Tonga.

One of the certificates was presented to the DPM – Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni on behalf of the Minister of Education and Training, and the other went to Mr. Masao Fuji, one of the earliest Soroban teachers who volunteered in the 1970’s to come and teach Soroban in Tonga, and has been visiting Tonga from then till now.

During a reception  last night to mark the milestone,  at Japan’s Ambassador’s resident,  H.E Yukio Numata spoke of Soroban’s history in Tonga and praised the great work from related stakeholders in order to achieve 40 years of Soroban  in Tonga.

“This award acknowledges the extraordinary contributions of individuals or groups to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries in the International Community. 41 years ago, Late King Tupou IV with the bighearted support of Professor Nakano from Daitobunka  and the Nakanio Soronban School, set off the incorporation of Soroban education into Tonga’s Schools. The schools passion and dedication was significant because from 1976, the Soroban teachers who came from Mr. Nakano’s school to Tonga paid their own way from Japan without external funding”, says H.E Yukio Numata.

He adds, currently Soroban is compulsory for aspiring teachers in TIOE and at Math lessons of Primary School students from class 2 to 5 throughout Tonga and that’s good news.

He then thanked related stakeholders in working together in order to achieve these milestones.

Last night’s program was attended by the CEO of Education, senior officials of the Ministry of Education and Training amongst many guests.

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