24 April 2018

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme, has granted US$ 97,764 for the Project for Construction of Aung Pan Myaing Monastic Primary School in Nyaungdon Township, Ayeyarwady Region.

The handover ceremony of the new school building for the project took place in Nyaungdon Township, Ayeyarwady Region on 24 April 2018. Mr. Hiroki KUNII, First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Daw Ga Moe Myint Myat Thu, Minister for Kayin National Race Affiars of Ayeyarwady Region, U Ohn Lwin, Member of Ayeyarwady Region Pyithu Hluttaw elected for Nyaungdon Township Consistency, committee chairperson, committee members of the construction project, and local residents attended it.

As the number of students increased, the temporary school building was constructed beside the main school building in Aung Pan Myaing Monastic Primary School. However, the temporary school building was damaged by the flood in 2015. Therefore, 120 students of 9 grades had to study in one classroom. In order to provide an appropriate educational environment, the Government of Japan, under its GGP scheme, has provided funding for construction of a one-storey Reinforced Concrete building with 5 classrooms with full furniture and walkway. The project benefits 120 students of the school.

Japan has experienced many natural disasters in the past. Accordingly, Japan has learnt the lessons from the past disasters and introduced the concept "Build Back Better" worldwide. "Build Back Better" is to reconstruct our society after a disaster, much better and stronger than before a disaster in order to reduce potential disaster risks. Based on this concept, the new school buildings which have provided under the GGP scheme, have stronger structure than flood affected buildings.

The Government of Japan has assisted 866 various grass-roots projects in Myanmar under the GGP scheme since 1993: the number consisting of 435 education projects, 201 healthcare projects, 140 public welfare and environment projects, 55 infrastructure projects and 35 other projects. It is expected that these assistances will further strengthen the existing friendly relations between Japan and Myanmar.