Thursday, July 23, 2020

Japan extends grant for School Sector Development Programme

The government of Japan has extended grant assistance of up to 300 million Japanese Yen (¥300,000,000), equivalent to Rs 335 million to Nepal for implementing the School Sector Development Programme (SSDP).
Japanese ambassador to Nepal Saigo Masamichi and finance secretary Sishir Kumar Dhungana signed notes to this effect today at the Finance Ministry.
Another set of grant agreements for implementing the programme were also signed by chief representative of JICA Nepal Asakuma Yumiko and joint secretary at the International Economic Cooperation and Coordination Division under Finance Ministry Shreekrishna Nepal, according to a press note issued by the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu.
Education is an investment in human capital and the foundation of a nation's sustainable social and economic development, the press note reads, adding that the vision of SSDP is to contribute to the development of self-sustainable, competitive, innovative and value oriented citizens for the socio-economic transformation of the nation.
SSDP is considered as an important vessel for Nepal's school education. As such it will produce the needed human resources to elevate Nepal's status from a Least Developed Country (LDC) by 2022 and reach the status of a middle-income country by 2030. Ambassador Saigo hopes that the programme will improve the equity, quality, efficiency, governance, management and resilience of the education sector.
He also pointed out that the Covid-19 outbreak has made the situation difficult for both countries. The pandemic has had serious impacts on students' learning and well-being, he said, adding that with regard to this, the schools have incorporated innovative technologies (eg digital and mobile technologies combined with traditional technologies such as radio and television) in order to provide continuous education.
In view of this, ambassador Saigo hopes that even during this pandemic, the country will take up the challenge to ensure that children and their education will help to contribute to a more prosperous Nepal in the future. The Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu – in the press note – also said that it is confident that the objectives envisaged by the project will be achieved, and will contribute towards further strengthening the relationship, friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Japan and Nepal.

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