Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Cooperation: Minister of Basic Education says Japan has built 122 schools for about 57.6 billion FCFA in 17 years in Cameroon

In 17 years (1997-2014), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has built 1533 classrooms in 122 primary schools located in the 10 regions of Cameroon. The Central region has managed with the most classrooms, 481 in total. Next are Northwest (202), Littoral (195), West (163), South (112) and Southwest (110).

The least developed regions in this project are Far North (74), North (64), Adamaoua (66) and East (66), classified as priority education, because, officially, the low rate of schooling of the population. These investments cost about 57.6 billion FCFA, said the Minister of Basic Education, Laurent Serges Etoundi Ngoa, as a prelude to the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) scheduled for 28 at August 30 in Yokohama.

Japan's Ambassador to Cameroon, Tsutomu Osawa, welcomed the cooperation between the two countries. He promised that it will further intensify in the context of the 7th TICAD to which President Paul Biya is invited. Held at the initiative of the Japanese government, TICAD is organized jointly with the UN, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the World Bank.

In addition to "Japanese schools", the Japanese empire finances projects in Cameroon in several areas. Including rural hydraulics, the improvement of radio communication networks, the construction of fishing port, agriculture with the grant on August 20, 2019 of a donation of one billion FCFA, intended for the Development Project of rainfed plateaux in the forest zone (Proderip).