Japan extends further support to education [Archives:2003/642/Local News]

June 19 2003

An agreement to extend further support to the execution of the project for Construction of School Facilities of Basic Education in the Governorates of Ibb and Taiz was signed Saturday at the Ministry of Planning & Development between H.E. Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Sofan, Deputy Prime Minister of Planning & International Cooperation and Mr. Hisatsugu Shimizu, Charge d' Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Japan in Sana'a.
In accordance with this agreement, the Government of Japan will extend another grant amounting up to seven hundred forty three million Japanese Yen (743,000,000), equivalent to approximately six million two hundred forty five thousand USD, to execute the second phase of construction of school in Ibb and Taiz that would accommodate about 18,000 students. In November 2002, Japan extended a grant amounting to five hundred and sixty five million Japanese Yen, equivalent to four million seven hundred thousand USD, to execute the first phase of this project.
Since Japan believe that human resources development is one of the main issues in Yemen, Japan has decided to extend this grant in order to support the efforts of the Yemeni government to develop these resources and assist the Yemeni Government fulfill its commitment to put more focus on the development of educational sectors as declared in its 2nd Development Plan, Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper and recently the National Basic Education Strategy.
This agreement, in addition to the previous one that was signed in November 2002, constitute the first tangible cooperation of such size between Yemen and Japan in the field of education sector and will play an important role in reducing the high illiteracy rate and increasing the percentage of enrollment in basic education schools.