Japan-funded project for special children inaugurated


LAHORE: The Government of Japan funded grass roots assistance project for provision of a school bus especially for the intellectually challenged students of Fukuoka Schooling Lahore was inaugurated here on Friday 22nd February.

The Government of Japan under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Program had provided financial assistance of US$80,236 to Lahore Association Pakistan, a non-governmental organisation, for implementing this project.

Japanese envoy Yusuke Shindo, in a ceremony, handed over the keys of school bus to the management of Lahore Association Pakistan and also exchanged views with the special students and staff of the Fukuoka School.

The Government of Japan had extended this financial assistance in year 2016for the provision of transportation facility in Fufuoka Schoolwhere50intellectually challenged students receive special education, speech therapy and life skills training. Earlier, a small van could accommodate only 25 students of the school for their pick and drop. To overcome the challenge of safe transportation facility for the students, the Government of Japan has contributed US$80,236for the purchase of a new school bus to ensure that children with special needs have access to safe transportation facility.

Yusuke Shindo while speaking on the occasion congratulated the special children, their parents and the NGO representatives for the successful completion of this project. He emphasized upon the need of creating conducive environment where children especially intellectually challenged get an opportunity to use their true potential in the society. He also expressed his hope that this project would not only help special children deliver their best like other children but also strengthen the friendly relations between the people of Japan and Pakistan.