KATHMANDU, Feb 19: Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, Saigo Masamichi signed a grant contract for the Project for Improvement of Quality of Education in Quake-affected Areas and Marginalized Communities with Country Director of Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA) Nepal Miiyake Takafumi.
The Project is funded by the Japanese government and involves a grant assistance of USD 558,651 (approximately Rs 63.55 million).
This project aims at improving services provided by community libraries and learning centers in Lalitpur, Solukhumbu, Syangja and Mahottari districts, which were affected by the earthquake in 2015, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu.
“The project also focuses on improving the quality of education by promoting child-centered learning methods through local subjects. This activity targets 53 schools in Makawanpur District where the majority of the population is from marginalized communities,” said the statement.
Ambassador Saigo believes that the introduction of local subject curriculum contributes to Nepal government's efforts to promote federalism in the education sector. In addition, improving the community library not only accords with Nepal's earthquake recovery plan but also contributes to a community's capacity building, the statement further said.
SVA Nepal under Miyake's leadership and in close partnership with local NGOs, namely READ Nepal and Sammunat Nepal, together with local communities, through their work will contribute to quality education in these disasters affected areas and marginalized communities.