Bangladesh and Japan signed an agreement on Japanese grant aid for the 4th Primary Education Development Programme.
Hiroyasu Izumi, ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Monowar Ahmed, secretary of Economic Relations Division signed the exchange of notes representing the respective governments at the division under the Ministry of Finance on Monday.
Hitoshi Hirata, chief representative of Bangladesh office of Japan International Cooperation Agency, also attended the ceremony and signed the grant agreement for the programme, said the Japanese embassy in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The amount of grant assistance is around 500 million Japanese Yen which was equivalent to $4,419,362.00.
Bangladesh had achieved impressive results in the Education for All targets since 2000.
The 4th Primary Education Development Programme was the singular national development strategic plan for primary education in Bangladesh.
Japan had been supporting the programme in cooperation with other development partners under the Sector Wide Approaches since 2011.
Under 3th Primary Education Development Programme, a number of activities were implemented, including distribution of revised textbooks among about 25 million students in primary schools.
Approximately 500,000 teachers had been empowered and more than 25,000 classrooms had been built.
The latest programme aimed to improve quality of education that would include improvement of learning achievements.
Japan had provided support with a focus on improving the quality of primary education for all.
For more than a decade, various approaches composed of policy strengthening, development of textbook and teaching materials, strengthening school management and improvement of teacher’s training, as well as this financing support had been taken.
Japan’s approach with a focus on the quality assurance through technical cooperation, Japanese volunteers and policy advisors, made a good synergy with SWAPs and financing support because those who had been working in the field could provide feedback to policy formulation at the national level.
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