The Japanese Government has agreed to provide USD 4.2 million through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to improve the learning environments in Mannar District.
The agreements were signed early this month. The project will commence on April 1 and continue for 30 months.
The project will be implemented by UN-Habitat in partnership with community based organizations, parents and teachers associations, and government officials in the Mannar district.
The project will support 15 schools to construct and improve infrastructure facilities through a participatory process.
The project includes the construction of primary and secondary school buildings, water, sanitation and hygienic facilities for school children and teachers' quarters.
It will benefit over 10,000 returnees including 5,500 school children. Commenting on the new project, Japanese Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo said the Japanese Government would remain committed to supporting the overall development initiatives of the country in partnership with the Government and people of Sri Lanka.
UN-Habitat with Japanese support has earlier mobilized USD 7.3 million towards rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure, Improvement of Livelihoods and Empowerment of Women in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.