Cairo, November 6,
Japan Assists Primary Education in Sedfa, Assiut
Ambassador of Japan signed a grant contract with El Salam Association for Social
On Wednesday, November 6th,
2013, Mr. Toshiro Suzuki, Ambassador of Japan to Egypt, and Mr. Rahby Shaker,
Chairperson of El Salam Association for Social Care, signed a grant contract for
primary education in Sedfa, Assiut at the Embassy.
The grant assistance amounting
to US$ 82,460 is extended by the Government of Japan for the purpose of
purchasing school desks and chairs. This assistance will help more than 16,700
students per year, who have been facing difficulties, to enjoy a better learning
environment at 20 schools in Sedfa, Assiut. This is the 15th
assistance from the Government of Japan concerning upgrading the learning
environment of primary school in Egypt and 4th assistance in Assiut.
The Government of Japan believes that this support in the field of primary
education will significantly contribute to developing human resources that
create the nation’s future.
At the ceremony, the
Ambassador of Japan said that this project is a part of joint cooperation
between Egypt and Japan in the field of education, and expressed his hopes that
many children at the primary schools benefit from the desks and chairs provided;
wishing that among those children there can someday be some of Egypt's future
This assistance is regarded
also as a part of the “School for All” campaign announced by the Government of
Japan at the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit in 2010.
Through the campaign, Japan endeavors to help create a quality educational
environment for at least 7 million children in the world by 2015. This project
is expected to help Egypt achieve MDGs.
The grant is extended under
the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance Scheme for Grassroots and Human
Security Projects. This Scheme was launched in Egypt in 1994, and since then
approximately 150 projects totaling over US$ 5.5 million have already been
implemented. In particular, the flexibility and timely manner of this scheme has
been greatly and widely appreciated.