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Japan finances construction of teacher institutes in South Sudan

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March 7, 2008 (JUBA) – A Japanese grant of 8.7 million dollars to the UN refugee agency will make it possible for hundreds of teachers to be formally trained in the next three years, the Embassy of Japan and UNHCR jointly announced today.

Japan’s contribution comes under the “Programme for Construction of Education Facilities in South Sudan for Integrating Returnees and Empowering Host Communities”.

With this funding, Japan will be supporting the construction of a Teacher Training Institute (TTI) in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and a State-level TTI in Aweil, the state capital of Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal.

Along with these TTIs, the project will also cover the building of five satellite primary schools where teachers in training will conduct classes as part of their hands on experience.

The Juba TTI will be designed to serve as a centre of national excellence in Mathematics and Science. It will have the capacity to train three hundred teachers, while the one in Aweil will prepare another one hundred and twenty qualified teachers also in the areas of Science and Technology.

Further, the programme will benefit some 1,600 children who will be attending the five satellite primary schools.

The project funding, approved by the Japanese Government on 26 February, will run from March 2008.

Ambassador Yuichi Ishii and UNHCR Representative Chrysantus Ache held a signing ceremony formalising the grant in Juba on Friday. The ceremony was hosted by the Minister for Education, Science and Technology of the Government of Southern Sudan, Professor Job Dhuruai and attended by Ms. Ameerah Haq, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan,

In addition to UNHCR, the project also involves UNICEF, the education sector lead. In coordination with this project, school feeding assistance by WFP and income generation assistance through school gardening by FAO are expected.

The South Sudan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology aims to have 10,000 fully qualified teachers by the year 2011.

(ST)

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  • 8 March 2008 04:27, by Dugak

    thanks to Japanese gov’t, we need more helps espeically on education

  • 8 March 2008 05:15, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    what is the agreement of those japaness to stay in SS,should you keep signing or encouraging strangers without view about future for sure same will regret,you better be logically than following others in negative prograss mr president.have you forgotten the connection of NCP and chinese interms of weapons and constraction of oil industries,should you keep ignoring the internal secret of those japaness mr president,i beleive that SS will surrender for their own action.i can see that SS has block her relation with USA and its now moving close to Asian countries well if we are hoping to be terrorist keep going

    • 8 March 2008 14:49, by Mapuor Malual Manguen

      There is nothing wrong with the presence of Japanese in southern Sudan.After all, southern Sudan has an inalienable right to invite, give concession or receive grand from any country when terms of agreement are satisfactory and do not post any threat to the people of southern Sudan.

      Moreover, the involvement of Japan in reconstruction effort in South Sudan does not in way block other countries like USA from their participation. Of course US and Japan are long time allies and therefore I don’t see any clash of their interests when Japan grands some fund for education project in our country.
      However, this grand must be use transparently so that other donor countries can satisfy and follow suit.

    • 9 March 2008 02:55, by Kur

      There is more room for every country that wants to help the people of South Sudan. So the US can do just that in many ways if they want to. But I know that they are already helping us.Think about that and use your logic if you have any.

      Furthermore, I do not think that the Japanese have any reasons to stay in South Sudan without our invitation.



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