The Japanese government has released grant money totalling to K670, 000 for the construction of a learning centre for physically challenged children in Solwezi district.
Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, Kiyoshi Koinuma said the funds have been provided under the Japan’s Grant Assistant for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) and given to the congregation of the Immaculate Conception (CIC) Zambia to facilitate the implementation of the project in Solwezi.
Mr. Koinuma said the Solwezi Academy Centre will help the deaf and visually impaired children to have access to formal education like other physically unchallenged children in the country.
He said this during the signing ceremony of a grant contract between the Japanese government and the Congregation of the Immaculate Conception Zambia (CIC).
Mr. Koinuma stated that the demand for schools for children with special education needs was high in the country.
He said this was why it was important to supplement the Zambian government in providing formal education to the handicapped children in order to effectively contribute to national development.
And Congregation of the Immaculate Conception (CIC) Superior General Antony Xavier thanked the Japanese government for the grant.
Sr. Xavier said the vision of CIC was to create a school facility that offers children and adults with special needs.
She pointed out that children with special needs should also be given an opportunity to develop and contribute to the development of their communities and Zambia as whole.