New hos­tel for Dungna LSS funded by Ja­panese gov­ern­ment

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An in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony for “the Project for Con­struc­tion of Hos­tels for Stu­dents at Dungna Lower Sec­ondary School un­der Chukha Dzongkhag”, un­der the grant as­sis­tance for grass­roots Hu­man Se­cu­rity Projects (GGP), was held last Thurs­day.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Chen­cho Dorji, Direc­tor- Gen­eral, Depart­ment of Youth and Sports un­der the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Chukha Dzongdag Pemba Wangchuk, and other of­fi­cials from Chukha Dzongkhag as well as Mr. Akio Iso­mata, Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic and Devel­op­ment from the Em­bassy of Ja­pan in New Delhi.

The Grant As­sis­tance for Grass­roots Projects (GGP), was started in 1989 to ad­dress a wide range of devel­op­ment needs of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. In Bhutan GGP has been ex­tended to such ar­eas as con­struc­tion of bridges and sup­ply of fire-en­gines and garbage col­lec­tion trucks.

Through this project, fund­ing as­sis­tance to which amounts to US$125,072, three hos­tels and two toi­let blocks were con­structed at Dungna Lower Sec­ondary School un­der Chukha Dzongkhag.

At Dungna Lower Sec­ondary School, around 100 male stu­dents had to be ac­com­mo­dated in tem­po­rary tents, due to the col­lapse of the hos­tel for male stu­dents caused by the earth­quake in 2011. Although the hos­tel for girls es­caped un­hurt by the earth­quake, those girls have been forced to live in an over­crowded con­di­tion with 90 stu­dents stay­ing in the hos­tel against the ca­pac­ity of 64, ow­ing to the in­crease of the num­ber of girls in re­cent years.

The two hos­tels for male stu­dents, one hos­tel for fe­male stu­dents and two toi­let blocks newly con­structed by the project will pro­vide safer and proper board­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the stu­dents.

Ed­u­ca­tion is cru­cially im­por­tant for the con­struc­tion and devel­op­ment of a demo­cratic na­tion with tra­di­tional and di­verse cul­tural char­ac­ter­is­tics, as well as for main­tain­ing world peace and en­hanc­ing the wel­fare of mankind. Based on this be­lief, the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan up­holds the con­cept of “Hu­man Se­cu­rity” as one of the im­por­tant pil­lars of Ja­pan’s diplo­macy, and em­pha­sizes em­pow­er­ment of each per­son through ed­u­ca­tion.

We be­lieve that this project fur­ther con­trib­utes to achiev­ing “Ed­u­ca­tion For All” ad­vo­cated by the Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan, and that it per­fectly fits the con­cept of “Hu­man Se­cu­rity” as well as the prin­ci­ple of “GNH” of the Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan

The Gov­ern­ment of Ja­pan hopes that this project will im­prove the qual­ity of life of the peo­ple in Bhutan, as well as fur­ther de­velop the re­la­tions of friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Ja­pan and Bhutan.

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