August 15, 2017
Government of Japan extended Grant Assistance of three hundred million Japanese yen (JPY 300,000,000), equivalent to approximately 280 million Nepalese Rupees to the Government of Nepal for the 2nd year of the ‘School Sector Development Program (SSDP)'.
Exchange of Notes (E/N) for the assistance was signed and exchanged on August 15, 2017 between His Excellency Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Dr. Shanta Raj Subedi Secretary Ministry of Finance, on behalf of their respective Governments amid a function held at the Ministry of Finance in Signhadurbar, Kathmandu. On the same occasion, the Grant Agreements for both projects were signed and exchanged between Mr. Baikuntha Aryal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of Nepal and Mr. Jun Sakuma, Chief Representative of JICA Nepal, on behalf of Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The SSDP started implementation from July 2016 that aims to consolidate gains from previous reform programs and continue crucial reforms needed in the school education sector through the SWAp modality. The primary mission of SSDP for schools in Nepal is to produce the needed human resources to elevate the country's status from a least developed country to the middle income country by 2030. The goal is thus to provide all citizens with the opportunity to become functionally literate and numerate, and to develop the life skills and knowledge required to enjoy a productive life, taking into account the diversity of context and the federalization of the country. Purpose of the SSDP is to improve the equity, quality, efficiency, governance and management of the education sector. SSDP focuses on capacity and knowledge enhancement of both students and teachers by developing relevant teaching and learning methods and materials that ensures quality development. Lately, SSDP also focuses on strengthening school-level disaster management and resilience to develop school as a conflict free zone.
JICA Nepal joined the pool funding (SWAp modality) in education sector from 2014 along with other development partners to assist the Government of Nepal in the implementation of the School Sector Reform Program (SSRP) and now the School Sector Development Program (SSDP).
Development of Education sector in Nepal is JICA's top priority and it assures to continue its support to this sector for effective implementation and output.
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