Diplomatic: (Japan’s envoy opens middle school for girls)

ISLAMABAD: Japan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Hiroshi Inomata on Thursday inaugurated the Middle School for Girls at the Kaghan Memorial School at Village Kawai (District Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).

The school was built with the financial support of $115,733 provided by the government of Japan to the Kaghan Memorial Trust, which is a non-governmental organisation actively working in the education sector.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by members of Kaghan Memorial Trust, the staff of school and children from the vicinity who were expected to get admission in this school, says a statement issued by embassy of Japan here on Thursday.

The construction of this school was made possible with the financial support from Embassy of Japan under its Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme.

The new school has been designed to accommodate approximately 105 girls for middle school levels. By virtue of this project, it is expected that new opportunities will be opened for girls in the area, which would eventually contribute to multifaceted socio-economic development.

At the inauguration ceremony, ambassador Inomata stressed upon the importance of basic education for the development of nations and highlighted the critical need for creating opportunities for Pakistani girls.

He expressed his hope that this project would improve the welfare of girls in the area, and in addition would undoubtedly strengthen the existing friendly relations between the people of Pakistan and Japan.

The GGP program is an initiative of the Japanese government with the belief that in consideration of the enormity of the challenges being faced by the world today, development assistance should not only be limited to governments, but also be channelled to the grassroots level through civil society organisations.

Since its beginning in 1989 GGP has supported more than 340 projects in Pakistan, with a contribution of more than 2.4 billion Japanese Yen.