Japan supports pre-school education

Tuesday 14 Feb 2023

To improve pre-school education in the slum area of Ezbet Al-Haggana in Cairo, Japan’s Embassy in Cairo has signed a $747,000 grant with Takatof Association for development, a local NGO.



The grant, according to an embassy press release, will be used to set up three new kindergarten classes in the neighbourhood and will help upgrade existing kindergarten facilities.

This is the fourth collaboration between the Embassy of Japan and Takatof in education after school projects in Beni Sweif in 2015 and in Giza in 2017 and 2019.

Oka Hiroshi, the Japanese ambassador, said the embassy was keen to contribute to human development in Egypt in partnership with Egyptian civil society, not only in the field of education but in a wide range of sectors, including health, water and sanitation, and the empowerment of women.

Takatof Chairman Hossam Badrawi said that providing a safe educational environment, active learning opportunities and quality educators were the keys to attaining quality education in Egypt.

The project comes within the framework of the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects which provides direct financial support to non-profit organisations in education, health, inclusion of persons with disabilities, vocational training, empowerment of women, and the environment.

Japan has extended approximately $10 million in Egypt since 1994, supporting 174 projects.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 16 February, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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