Japan Funds Construction of West Bank Schools

21 Oct
6:38 AM

Japanā€™s Representative Office to Palestine, Thursday, signed two grants to fund the construction of additional classrooms in two secondary schools in the Jenin-district village of Kufr Dan and Nablus-district village of Farkha.

Japanā€™s ambassador for Palestinian Affairs and Representative to Palestine Takeshi Okubo and a representative of Kufr Dan municipality signed a US$90,690 grant contract at the office of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Ramallah.

The funds will be used for the construction of a new building consisting of three classrooms in Kufr Dan Secondary Boys School, according to WAFA.

ā€œThis project aims at securing extra classrooms and creating more efficient learning environment for 88 fifth-grade students. Once the project is implemented, the current fifth grade classrooms will be used by first-grade students who are currently studying at rented classrooms,ā€ a press statement from the representative office said.

Separately, Okubu and a representative of Farkha Village Council signed a US$89,851 grant contract for the construction of an additional floor consisting of four classrooms (each 48 mĀ²) in Farkha Secondary Girls School.

ā€œThis project aims at securing extra classrooms and creating more efficient learning environment. Once the project is implemented, the 4 new classrooms will be used by 76 students of 9th -12th grades,ā€ a statement from the representative office read.

Okubo emphasized Japanā€™s firm commitment to supporting the Palestinian people from human security perspective, as well as the importance of implementing social and economic development projects needed for Palestinian communities.

Since 1993, Japanā€™s assistance to Palestinians has amounted to approximately $1.8 billion.

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