Japan to provide $6.5mln for education

Japan will provide about $6.5 million of grant to improve teaching quality in Bangladesh’s primary schools to check dropout rates.

Economic Relations Division secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan and the Japanese aid agency (JICA) chief in Bangladesh Toda Takao inked an agreement in this regard on Tuesday at the ERD office in the capital.

According to the agreement, ministry of primary and mass education will implement the programme styled ‘Japanese Grant Aid for Poverty Reduction Strategy’.

A JICA release said the support would continue until 2016 and the total amount would stand at $32.5 million.

“This is our first financial support in the education sector,” the JICA chief said, adding that they targeted to check a large number of dropouts at the primary level by making school ‘more attractive.’

Government statistics say that nearly half the students drop out before completing the primary level.

Under the programme, quality of classroom teaching would be improved by providing modern training in science and mathematics to primary school teachers.

Equipment will also be provided in this regard.

Takao reaffirmed Japan’s strong commitment to assist the development of Bangladesh.

Extolling Japanese contribution, the ERD secretary said, Japan is fully aligned to our country priority.

“They are our single largest bilateral development partner and trusted partner,” he said.

“In addition to soft loans, Japan also provides grants and technical assistance for different projects including human resource development and environment.”

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