The handing over of the upgraded facilities of the Don Bosco Technical Institute that will be used to host athletes and officials during PG2023 Games will leave behind a legacy for the institute.
Prime Minister and Minister responsible for 2023 Pacific Games, Hon. Manasseh Sogavare made these remarks at the official handing over ceremony of Don Bosco Technical Institute on 8th September, which is attended by guests, senior government officials and the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands H.E. Rod Hilton.
He said the primary reason for the upgrade work to some of the facilities at Don Bosco Technical Institute is to ensure there is adequate rooms to cater for athletes and officials coming to the 2023 Pacific Games.
“This work will leave behind a legacy for the institute because the renovated facilities will serve our students for many years to come.”
The Prime Minister use the ceremony to thank the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Honiara, the Rector of the Don Bosco Technical Institute, staff and students of the Technical Institute to be one of the six games villages for PG2023 Games.
He said their willingness to be part of the country’s efforts to host athletes from the 24 participating countries in the Pacific region, will ensure that our country will successfully host the 17th Pacific Games in November.
Mr. Sogavare conveys his government’s sincere appreciation to the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands for the assistance to help upgrade six of the country’s educational institutions for the 2023 Pacific Games and in legacy mode for students who will continue to use the facilities into the future.
“The work to help Solomon Islands prepare to host the 2023 pacific games has pulled us together despite our differences, our beliefs, as partners and from different countries and from different parts of Solomon Islands with one purpose is to uplift our nation and successfully deliver the 2023 pacific games together.”
Sogavare kindly accepted the upgraded facilities of the Don Bosco Technical Institute for use of sports men and women during PG2023 Games and beyond.
The Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands H.E Rod Hilton, said the Australian government is proud to support the Solomon Islands government efforts in ensuring the 2023 Pacific Games leaves a lasting legacy.
“The school refurbishments will continue beyond their initial purpose of housing athletes.”
He said these improvements to the school environment increase health and learning outcomes for students and the next cohort of skilled workers.
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