May 21, 2015
The Japanese Government, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme, has granted US$230,981 for the humanitarian assistance programs:

1. “The Project for Construction of Two Basic Education Primary Schools in Kyaunggone Township, Ayeyarwady Region” (US$112,859)
2. “The Project for Construction of Thamine Basic Education Primary School in Hinthada Township, Ayeyarwady Region” (US$118,122)

The handover and opening ceremonies of the projects took place in Byike Gyi Village in Kyaunggone Township and Thamine Village in Hinthada Township, Ayeyarwady Region on 21st May 2015. Mr. Sachio OTAKI, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Dr. Htein Win, Regional Hluttaw Deputy Speaker, U Thein Soe, Regional Hluttaw Representative, Daw Khin Saw Mu, Regional Minister for Social Affairs, U Win Maung, Deputy Director for Regional Education Office, governmental officials, Committee Chairman, committee members of the construction projects, and local residents attended the ceremony.

The two school buildings in Byike Gyi Village and Zee Ngu Village of Kyaunggone Township and one school building in Thamine Village of Hinthada Township were all outdated. The rafters, poles, and wooden walls of the buildings were decayed because of white ants, and accordingly, the students had to study in temporary bamboo huts. Under such circumstances, the Japanese Government, under its GGP scheme, provided funding for construction of two one-storey R.C.C buildings with 6 classrooms each, toilet and full furniture in Byike Gyi Village and Zee Ngu Village, and a one-storey R.C.C building with 3 classrooms and full furniture in Thamine Village.

The Government of Japan has assisted 726 various grass-roots projects in Myanmar under the GGP scheme since 1993: the number consisting of 328 education projects, 192 healthcare projects, 138 public welfare and environment projects, 33 infrastructure projects and 35 other projects. It is anticipated that these assistances will further strengthen the existing friendly relations between Myanmar and Japan.