Signing of Grant Agreement with Pakistan: Contributing to the improvement of the learning environment through reconstruction of flood-damaged elementary school buildings
On October 18, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Islamabad to provide grant aid of up to 794 million yen for the Programme for the Reconstruction of Educational Facilities in Flood-affected Areas in Sindh.
Between June and August of 2022, intermittent monsoon rains in Pakistan—the heaviest in the country’s history—resulted in severe flooding, affecting one-third of the country’s total land area, with Sindh Province being hit the hardest. While approximately 27,000 schools were impacted by the floods, the school facilities in Sindh Province whose construction was supported by JICA between 2013 and 2019—after taking into account the lessons learned from flood damage in 2010—successfully avoided significant damage through certain measures, such as the setting of floor heights higher than past flood levels and the designing of buildings to be earthquake resistant. As a result, JICA’s disaster mitigation efforts and achievements were highly lauded by the Pakistani government, and the agency was subsequently requested to assist in the restoration of schools that were damaged by the 2022 floods.
This program aims to provide safe learning environments in the target areas through prompt disaster recovery assistance and improved access to education, thereby contributing to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Goals 4 (Quality education), 5 (Gender equality), and 13 (Climate action).
Details for the project are provided below.
|The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
|The Programme for the Reconstruction of Educational Facilities in Flood-affected Areas in Sindh
|Planned implementation period
|32 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
|School Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh
|Sukkur, Khairpur, Dadu, Ghotki, Mirpur Khas and Nawabshah Districts, Sindh Province
|Specific project details
|1. Facility improvements
Classrooms (44 classrooms) for primary education (grades 1-5) at nine target elementary schools (grades 1-8), restrooms for students and teachers (44 toilet stalls), school principals' offices, warehouses (three rooms), perimeter walls, and school furniture (chairs, desks, etc.).
2. Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement supervision.