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Japan injects 23b kip to promote education in Laos

The government of Japan recently provided more than 23 billion kip (JPY 310 million) through the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) for education assistance in Laos.
The scholarship funds will be provided to government officials across the country to upgrade their knowledge and promote the education of future Lao leaders.
Government officials who receive the scholarship will study master’s and doctorate degrees in Japan.

An agreement for the funding was signed on the occasion of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s visit to Japan for the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo from June 11-12 and a meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Shinzo Abe. The meeting of the two prime ministers aimed to further strengthen the strategic partnership between Laos and Japan.
On the same occasion, the two prime ministers witnessed the signing of exchange documents on the JDS fund between Lao Ambassador to Japan, Mr Viroth Sundara, and Japanese Ambassador to Laos, Mr Takeshi Hikihara. The Japanese government has been providing funding via the JDS to support Lao government officials to study in Japan every year, with applications closing on October 20 this year, the JDS reported.
Government officials interested in the scholarships can visit http://jds-scholarship.org or call 021 251 430 or 020 5551 9802.
The Japanese government also prioritises basic education improvement in Laos as an objective of its cooperation programmes and has assisted the construction of almost 500 primary schools financed through the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The cooperation programmes have also provided training for teachers and helped develop mathematics textbooks for primary pupils throughout the country.     
In diploma-level education assistance, the Japanese government has provided about 40 scholarships to Laos with half of them for government officials and the other half for students to take courses at Japanese universities.
The education sector has been one of the prioritised areas for official development assistance from Japan – one of the major aid providers to Laos.
On top of that, there are different education opportunities provided by Japanese prefectures or Japanese universities. The Japanese embassy is collecting information regarding the educational opportunities provided by Japan’s prefectures or universities so this can be passed on to Lao students.
Every year, the embassy organises a scholarship fair at the National University of Laos’ Dongdok Campus when Japanese universities and schools attend the event to explain the educational opportunities they offer Lao nationals.
In addition, Japan has dispatched 103 volunteers to work in the education sector in provinces across Laos through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Living in the local community, JICA volunteers work closely with their counterparts for an average of two years.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
June 14,

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