Sao Tome and Principe to have school funded by Taiwan

15 May 2007

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 15 May – Portuguese company Soares da Costa has begun building a school on the archipelago of Sao Tome and Principe, with funding from Taiwan of US$6.8 million.

The ceremony for laying the first stone was led Friday by the President of Sao Tome, Fradique de Menezes, accompanied by the Minister of Education and the Taiwanese ambassador.

The new two-storey school, for secondary and pre-university education, is located in the Mezochi district, some 12 kilometers from the Sao Tome capital.

As well as having 32 classrooms, the new school will have a library, a gymnasium, meeting rooms and a hall, amongst other facilities, and will take 18 months to be built, according to the Soares da Costa project.

Financing for construction of the building is part of Sao Tome’s policy of decentralisation of secondary education and has the support of an extraordinary fund of US$35 million made available by Taiwan to the archipelago a few months ago. (macauhub)