Japan-Funded School Reconstruction Project Handed Over

(KPL) The government of Japan has handed over a Japanese Language Center, at the Nongbone Secondary School in Vientiane Capital, which was financed and reconstructed by the Japanese Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects (CGP).

The official ceremony to mark the occasion was held on Sep 26 with the attendance of Vice Minister of Education and Sports Boualane Silipanya, Japanese Ambassador to the Lao PDR Keizo Takewaka, and other officials concerned.

The agreement for the Grant Aid project amounting to US$ 89,195 was signed in January 2019.

The project aims to improve the educational environment by upgrading and reconstruction of school facilities with a fully equipped classroom, activity room and preparation room for Japanese language teachers on the grounds of the Nongbone Secondary School.

At present, there are four secondary schools in Vientiane Capital, including the Nongbone School, where Japanese language classes are taught, since the government of the Lao PDR decided to designate Japanese language as one of the second languages in their secondary educational curriculum in 2011.

The three Nihongo (Japanese Language) partners dispatched by the Japan Foundation arrived for work at these secondary schools this month. It is expected that the upgrades to Nongbone Secondary School will further increase the number of Japanese language learners in the Lao PDR.

In his remarks, Ambassador Takewaka noted that significant improvement had been achieved and expressed his hope that the Japanese Language Center at the Nongbone Secondary School would be effectively used and kept in good condition for a long time as a base for introducing Japanese culture in the area.

Source: Lao News Agency