Japan gifts Zambia $3m for education

JAPAN, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),has provided a grant of US$3 million to the Ministry of General Education as contribution to the education sector’s pool fund.

According to Japanese ambassador to Zambia Kiyoshi Koinuma, the purpose of the grant was to improve the quality of education in Zambia.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the exchange of notes and grant agreement, Mr. Koinuma said the money would be used for the construction of a training centre at the National Science Centre and procurement of text books.

He said the training centre would not only help Zambians but all of Southern Africa to improve the teaching of science and mathematics.

“The training centre at the National Science Centre will be a first training facility for teachers in Zambia and it will also be able to accept those from neighbouring countries who may wish to enrol for the training.

And Ministry of General Education permanent secretary Pamela Kabamba expressed gratitude to the government of Japan for the gesture, saying the assistance had come at the right time.

She commended the Japanese government for its continued support to Zambia in various sectors.

“We are very grateful to the government of Japan for its generosity; they have continued to assist Zambia in various sectors such as agriculture, private sector development, transport and education, among others. The assistance being rendered today will go a long way,” Ms. Kabamba said.