Japan to support resettled children in Kilinochchi

The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 88,819 (approx. Rs. 17.6 million) for “The Project for Constructing School Buildings for Resettled Children in Northern Province” through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

The grant contract was signed on 21st December 2021 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, between His Excellency MIZUKOSHI Hideaki, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Jesurasa Amirtharaj, Program Director of the Humanitarian Development Organization (HDO).

Humanitarian Development Organization (HDO) is carrying out Rehabilitation programs in Northern Province. This project aims to provide a sufficient and comfortable educational environment for the children through construction of two school buildings at Kn/Skanthapuram No-02 G.T.M School in Karachchi Division, Kilinochchi District.

At present 248 students of grade 1 to 11 are studying at the school, however several classes are being conducted outside due to the shortage of classrooms. The new buildings will provide secure classrooms and a library for the returned children, enabling the school to have a separate classroom for special needs education unit.

Commenting on the provision of this grant, Mr. Amirtharaj stated that “The school is located in the war affected area of Kilinochchi District. In 2009, people were displaced and they started to return after the war. There are many capable students; currently however, due to lack of classrooms, some students have no choice but to study under trees. This is very hard to conduct classes on rainy or harsh sunny days. Due to the splash on the war there are students with special needs, i.e. autism spectrum, are returning this village. They need a special classroom with facilities designed for them, which will be provided by this project. We will be also able to increase the number of students attending the school and give studying opportunity for many children who are prevented from enrollment because of the shortage of classrooms. The students and staff at Kn/Skanthapuram No-02 G.T.M School as well as the surrounding villagers, past pupils and well-wishers are very delighted and sincerely thank the assistance provided by the Government of Japan through the GGP to implement the proposed project to develop the school in our area.”

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