En­voy opens SESWA Model School in Swabi con­structed with Ja­pan’s as­sis­tance

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD —Takashi Ku­rai, newly ap­pointed Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan to Pakistan, in­au­gu­rated SESWA Model School, a pri­mary and mid­dle level school for girls at Village Shewa in Dis­trict Swabi (Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa), which was built with the fi­nan­cial sup­port of US$ 99,394 pro­vided by the Govern­ment of Ja­pan to the NGO Shewa Education So­cial Work­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (SESWA) -a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion ac­tively work­ing in the education sec­tor.

The in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony was at­tended by mem­bers of NGO, the staff of the school, education and health min­is­ters of KPK and chil­dren from the vicin­ity who are ex­pected to get ad­mis­sion in this school. The con­struc­tion of this school was made pos­si­ble with the fi­nan­cial sup­port from Em­bassy of Ja­pan un­der its Grant As­sis­tance for Grass-Roots Hu­man Se­cu­rity Projects (GGP) Pro­gram.

The school, where 130 girls have al­ready taken ad­mis­sion, is de­signed to ac- com­mo­date ap­prox­i­mately 300 girls for pri­mary and mid­dle school lev­els. This is a sec­ond grant SESWA has re­ceived from Govern­ment of Ja­pan un­der the GGP Pro­gram. Pre­vi­ously the or­ga­ni­za­tion was granted fi­nan­cial sup­port of US$ 81,778 for the ex­pan­sion of a pri­mary and mid­dle school in the same dis­trict in Novem­ber 2010. By virtue of this cur­rent project, it is ex­pected that new op­por­tu­ni­ties will be opened for girls in the area, which would even­tu­ally con­trib­ute to mul­ti­fac­eted so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

At the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony, Am­bas­sador Ku­rai stressed upon the im­por­tance of basic education for the de­vel­op­ment of na­tions and high­lighted the crit­i­cal need for cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Pak­istani girls. He also ex­pressed his hope that this project would im­prove the wel­fare of girls in the area, and in ad­di­tion would un­doubt­edly strengthen the ex­ist­ing friendly re­la­tions be­tween the peo­ple of Ja­pan and Pakistan.

SWABI: Takashi Ku­rai, Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan in­au­gu­rat­ing SESWA Model School on Tues­day.

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