Japan Supports Primary Education in Debre Berhan
Addis Ababa, July 16, 2001 (WIC) - A grant agreement was signed between the Embassy of
Japan and the Emanuel Development Association. According to a press release from the
Embassy, the grant will be used to construct and equip an elementary school in the town of
Debre Berhan, the North Shoa zone of the Amhara Regional State.
Mr. Yoshimasa Tezuka, Charge D'Affaires, of the Embassy said that the grants was made
under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects, which was introduced by the Japanese
Government in 1989.
The release said the Grant was made through a scheme to support community-based projects
aimed at meeting such basic social needs as primary education.
Mr. Tezuka expressed the sincere hope that the Emmanuel Development Association would
make efficient and effective use of the Grant to meet the intended objective of providing
educational opportunities to the less fortunate children of the town of Debre Berhan.
Between the period 1991-2000 Japan has extended to Ethiopia a total grant of approximately
2.7 billion birr. The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects has so far supported 75
community-based projects with a total amount of about 29.89 million birr, the release said.