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Japan Helps Build Schools in Lorestan
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Japan Helps Build Schools in Lorestan

Japan is providing assistance in the construction of 10 prefabricated school buildings in western Lorestan Province to create safe and standard education spaces for students in the deprived areas.
The financial aid is part of the Japanese program known as Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) which seeks to contribute to improvement in various fields including health, education, and skills training as well as social welfare sectors. 
The memorandum of understanding was signed by Japan’s Ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi and Khodanazar Derikvand, director of Lorestan’s Education Department. 
Commending Japan’s philanthropic move, Derikvand said such programs will help bolster friendly relations between nations. 
“Japan is known to Iranians as a country of hard-working, disciplined, responsible and benevolent people,” he said, IRNA reported.  
Kobayashi appreciated Iran’s educational support of foreign nationals, particularly Afghans. 
“Supporting vulnerable children is among the priorities of the Japanese government,” he said, hoping that nomadic children will receive quality education in these schools and the authorities would make efforts to maintain the structures. 
Lorestan Province was badly damaged following the eight-year war (1980-88) imposed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. 
There are 406 primary schools in the settlements of nomadic populations, who are mostly from the Lur tribes, where 3,500 students receive education in what is reportedly a substandard environment. The project will help improve the conditions of educational spaces. 
More Japanese projects are in the pipeline this year including humanitarian assistance of $2 million to Afghan refugees in Iran that will be provided through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); $1.9 million through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to beef up border control and combat money laundering that funds terrorism in border areas; and $1.5 million for emergency services in Iran through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

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