Cairo, November 6, 2013

Grassroots Assistance

Japan Assists Primary Education in Sedfa, Assiut


- Ambassador of Japan signed a grant contract with El Salam Association for Social Care -






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 leaders.


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.




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