ADDIS ABABA – The government of Japan has today granted a combined total of 7.5 million birr assistance for two school expansion projects in Afar and Oromia regional states of Ethiopia.
The fund will support the expansion of Kusura Primary School in Amibara Woreda of Afar Region as well as the construction of a library in Adea Model Secondary School of Bishoftu Town in Oromia Region.
ITO Takako, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, signed grant agreements with Guret Ahmed, Founder and Executive Director of Friendship Support Association, and Amanuel Bulchaa, the Principal of Adea Model Secondary School, on Friday
The contracts grants a total of 163,735 US dollars [or equivalent to 7,471,425 Birr] support for the two projects through Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Under these projects, Kusura Primary School will have two furnished classroom blocks which allows 400 more students to study, while Adea Model Secondary School will have one library which can accept 100 students at one time, says the embassy of Japan in a statement.
“The organizations requested Japan’s assistance to accommodate the growing number of students in the schools, and the implementation of these projects will enable the students to study in an improved environment,” the statement reads.
Since the introduction of GGP in 1989, Japan has implemented over 400 projects across Ethiopia. The GGP focuses on community development through supporting needy communities in such areas as education, vocational training, access to water and sanitation, economic growth, health, food security and among others.