The Japanese government has announced a grant of $77,476 to the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) for a hearing impaired children's school in Rashidabad under the scheme of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
A signing ceremony was held at the Japanese consul-general's official residence, which was attended by Japanese Acting Consul-General Kazuo Tsukada, Indus Motors Senior Executive Coordinator Kenji Sotowa, Indus Motors Corporate Social Responsibility Assistant Manager Muhammad Arshad, FESF Executive Director Richard Geary and FESF Administration Director Daniel Lanthier.
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The grant will be utilised for the procurement of two school vans and setting up of a bakery at the school to impart training to hearing impaired students.
Speaking on the occasion, the Japanese acting consul-general said the Japanese government had identified the education sector as one of the priority areas for Japanese assistance to Pakistan. Japan wanted to strengthen the quality of basic education in Pakistan, he added.
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The FESF executive director appreciated initiatives taken by the Japanese consulate in Karachi to improve the social sector, particularly the education of hearing impaired children in remote areas of Sindh.
Under the GGP schemes, Japan has funded as many as 360 projects in Pakistan since 1989.