(KPL) The Japanese government has provided grant assistance worth USD 89,195 for “the Project for Improvement of Japanese language Center at the Nongbone Secondary School in Vientiane Capital through its Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects.
A grant contract for the CGP Project in education was signed at the Nongbone Secondary School in Vientiane Capital on Jan 15 between the Japanese Ambassador to the Lao PDR Takeshi Hikihara, and Director of the Nongbone Secondary School Sengphachanh Phimmachack in the presence of officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Vientiane Capital and other officials concerned.
The aim of the project is to improve the educational environment by reconstructing and upgrading school facilities with a fully equipped classroom, activity room and preparation room for Japanese language teachers on the grounds of the Nongbone Secondary School.
At present, there are three secondary schools in Vientiane Capital including the Nongbone language classes where Japanese language classes were introduced since 2011 when the government decided to set Japanese language as one of the second languages in their secondary educational curriculum. It is expected that success at these secondary schools will encourage other schools to introduce Japanese language classes.
In his remarks, Ambassador Hikihara emphasized “Japan and the Lao PDR are important partners to each other. Mutual understanding between our two nations supports our partnership and to learn each other’s language is the most effective way for mutual understanding.
The ambassador said that the embassy of Japan to the Lao PDR would fully support Japanese language teachers, as well as students who make continuous efforts to learn Japanese language in a serious manner.
Source; Lao News Agency