The Government of Japan is providing grant assistance worth approximately USD 104,000 for the benefit of students and their teachers in Champassak Province through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The project supports the construction of new school and toilet buildings as well as the provision of school furniture at None-yang Secondary School in Champassak Province to improve the educational and sanitary environment.
The grant contract was signed on Feb 24 between Mr. Kobayashi Kenichi, Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR and a representative of the provincial authority.
The contract signing was witnessed by Mr. Vilayvong Bouddakham, Governor of Champassak Province as well as representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Sports.
“This generous support is a very important contribution to the development of human resources and socio-economic development in Champassak Province, especially in the education sector in Soukhouma District,” Champasak governor Mr. Vilayvong said.
“Over the years, the Government and people of Japan have provided a variety of support including construction of the provincial hospital and school buildings in the province, which have greatly contributed to the improvement of basic infrastructure, including better access to education for children.”
“We hope that this project will greatly improve the learning environment for students and the working environment for teachers, as well as the sanitary environment at school,” Ambassador Kobayashi said.
“At present, many Japanese companies based in Champassak are employing talented local workers. We would like to continue our support in a wide range of areas, including education, in Champassak in order to further nurture these talents and help raise the level of human resources,” he added.
Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) provides funds for relatively small-scale projects that directly benefit local residents by supporting economic and social development in developing countries including Laos.
The Government of Japan has provided more than USD 780,000 over the past five years to Champassak Province to support education, health, infrastructure, and other areas. In shared effort to address regional disparities in socio-economic development, Japan will continue to support initiatives to improve the basic standard of living at grassroots level in the Lao PDR to ensure “no-one is left behind”.
Source: Lao News Agency