BY NEW BUSINESS ETHIOPIA REPORTERExpansion of two primary schools in Ethiopia completed this week by the financial support of 207,558 US dollars obtained from Japanese government.
The inauguration of the expansion of Roman Dega Kedida Primary School in Kambata Tambaro Zone and Zebo Primary School in Wolaitta Zone, took place over the weekend, according to the press statement newbusinessethiopia.com received from the embassy.
The two schools found in southern region of Ethiopia were funded by the Japanese Grant-in-aid Scheme for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). The inauguration took place in the presence of Mr. Hiroyuki Kishino, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, and Takao Ishii, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, together with Roman Tesfaye and representatives of the Kambata Tambaro Zone and the Wolaitta Zone, among others.
After the expansion, Roman Dega Kedida Primary School, 5 blocks with 18 classrooms have been available at the school. As a result, the average number of students per class will be reduced from 105 to 78, and the overcrowding in classes will be improved.
While Zebo Primary School two blocks with eight classrooms have been newly constructed. All classrooms have been equipped with new blackboards, desks and chairs. As a result, the average number of students per class will be reduced from about 80 to 40, which is within the government standard, and the days of the overcrowded class will be gone.
The GGP scheme was first introduced in 1989, and thus it has a history of 21 years to date. In Ethiopia, since 1997, around 300 projects have been implemented under this scheme in such sectors as education, water supply, health services, and other basic human needs.
In 2011 Japanese fiscal year (April 2011 – March 2012), the embassy of Japan is planning to award grants to 18 projects submitted by various not-for-profit organizations and local authorities throughout Ethiopia for the economic and social benefit of underprivileged people in rural areas. The statement noted that one of the characteristics of GGPs is that they are directly beneficial to local residents.