Japan Funds School Expansion and Reconstruction Projects
Create: 10/03/2017 20:41
Mr Takeshi Hikihara (L) shakes hands with the director of an Education and Sport Office in Vientiane Capital on Mar 7
(KPL) The Japanese Government provided grant assistance worth US$ 538,555 dollars to expand or reconstruct school buildings at six schools in the provinces of Vientiane, Savannakhet, Champasak and Attapeu, through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGPs).
The grant contracts for six GGP projects in education were signed at the Ministry of Education and Sports in Vientiane Capital on Mar 7 between Mr. Takeshi Hikihara, Ambassador of Japan to the Lao PDR, and four Directors of the Education and Sports Offices, representing the respective province and districts, while Mr. Khamphay Sisavanh, Vice Minister of Education and Sports, and other officials witnessed.
The first four projects are for the reconstruction of school buildings at the Khamvongsa Lower Secondary School in Attapeu Province, the Maiparktoun Lower Secondary School in Vientiane Province, the Naport Secondary School in Savannakhet Province and the Houayhai Lower Secondary School in Champasack Province.
At these schools, the conditions of school buildings are poor, being run down.
Therefore, the projects aim to improve the educational environment by constructing a block of three to six fully furbished classrooms.
The second project is for the construction of school buildings at the Vongsomphou Lower Secondary School in Attapeu Province.
The school does not have a building yet, and it is operated by borrowing the elementary school building of the village. Since the furniture is for elementary school students, it is difficult for junior high school students to use, and it is also a problem that there is no faculty room.
Therefore, the project aims to improve the educational environment by constructing a block of five fully furbished classrooms and a faculty room.
The other project is for the expansion of school buildings at the Nasak Secondary School in Vientiane Province.
At this school, the number of students is expected to increase while classrooms are already overcrowded.
Therefore, the project aims to improve the educational environment by constructing two additional blocks of four fully furbished classrooms. As a result, the average number of students per class will decline.
Through these six projects, a total of about 2,000 school students will enjoy the benefits of an improved educational environment.
In his remarks, Ambassador Hikihara emphasized, “It is critically important that the benefits of the projects should be enjoyed by people in the respective local communities as this is the most significant characteristic of GGPs.”
He continued, “Japan attaches great importance to basic education as a foundation for development. Through this GGP scheme, Japan has funded 282 education projects since 1989, including 171 primary schools and 61 lower and upper secondary schools”.
Twenty Students to Deepen Understanding of Japan’s Culture, LanguageCreate: 07/03/2017 19:01
Twenty students and one supervisor “JENESYS 2016” programme post for a group photo at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Mar 6
(KPL) Twenty students and one supervisor, who departed from Vientiane on Mar 6, will deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and language through their participation in a study tour under the “JENESYS 2016” program supported by the government of Japan.
The group will stay in Japan from Mar 7 to 14 and take part in the “Japanese Language Communication” programme.
The study tour aims to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture, history and society among those learning the Japanese language.
The twenty Lao students mentioned above were selected in collaboration with Japanese language institutes in Vientiane Capital and other provinces.
These Lao students will visit Tokyo and Fukui Prefecture (located near the centre of the Japan Sea Coast).
Besides visiting various historic and traditional landmarks, they will also have the opportunity to experience a student exchange and a farm-stay (working farms to experience a rural lifestyle).
The participants are expected to improve their Japanese language skills and contribute to strengthening the friendly relations between Japan and the Lao PDR.
JENESYS 2016 is a people-to-people exchange programme between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, and will succeed JENESYS 2015.
The Japanese Government will invite about 340 young people from Laos to Japan during this fiscal year.
The programme is expected to promote mutual trust and understanding among the people of Japan and the Asia-Pacific
region, and to build a basis for future friendship and cooperation.