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Japan grants Rs 5.8 million for girls’ school

ISLAMABAD (January 22 2009): The Government of Japan granted a financial support of US $72,364 (approx. Rs 5.8 million) under the grant assistance for grassroots human security projects to the Learning Awareness and Motivation Programme (LAMP), a non-governmental organisation, for the implementation of the project “Construction of Girls’ Primary School” in Khyber Agency, FATA.

H.E. Chihiro Atsumi, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Nawabzada Fazal Karim Afridi, Chief Executive of LAMP, signed the agreement for the project on Wednesday at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence in Islamabad. This project site is located in one of the least developed areas in Pakistan, with the female literacy rate being under 5%. Through this construction, 300 students will be provided a comfortable, tranquil and safe educational environment.

Presently these students are studying outdoors without the privilege of a permanent school building. At the signing ceremony, Atsumi said that the Government of Japan gives priority to the education and human resources development sector and has been extending Japanese Official Development Assistance to help Pakistani students receive primary education.

He also expressed his hope that this project would contribute to the human resources development in Pakistan and thus further strengthen the already existing friendly ties between the people of Japan and Pakistan.
Source: Business Recorder

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