ADDIS ABABA – The government of Japan has granted 8.1 million US Dollars aid for a Unicef project to rebuild classrooms and facilities for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) services in Amhara and Tigray Regions.
Japan’s ambassador to Ito Takako signed an Exchange Notes together with Unicef Representative in Ethiopia Dr. Aboubacar Kampo, on Friday.
“This project will contribute to investment, especially children who will be future assets for this country, by offering a better environment for learning and developing their skills,” said Ambassador Ito.
“This grant will primarily focus on restoring WASH services in schools, which is critical to improving their quality of life, health and well-being,” she added.
Unicef will reconstruct 136 classrooms benefiting 12,000 students in conflict-affected areas of Amhara and Tigray regions.
The agency also plans to reach out to nearly 47,700 community members with WaSH facilities including 34 latrines in both regions.
“UNICEF is extremely grateful to the Government of Japan for this generous contribution,” said Dr Kampor.
“The restoration of education and WaSH facilities in schools will help children survive, thrive, and reach their full potential.”
The conflict in northern Ethiopia ended following the peace agreement signed between the federal government and the Tigray people’s liberation front forces in November.
The two-year long conflict has, however, left over 4,600 schools in Amhara and nearly 2,000 schools in the Tigray region totally and/or partially damaged, leaving over 700,000 children out of school.