The Government of Japan has decided to extend financial assistance of $53,762 – equivalent to approximately Rs 5,226,204 – to Dhaulagiri Deaf (Residential) School, a government school in Baglung district.

The financial assistance is extended under the grant assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme of Japan government in Japan’s fiscal year 2013.

Dhaulagiri Deaf (Residential) School will implement the project for the Construction of Vocational Training Rooms of the Deaf School in Baglung.

A grant contract relating to the project is scheduled to be signed and exchanged tomorrow at the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu between ambassador of Japan to Nepal Masashi Ogawa and founder/member of SMC, to Dhaulagiri Deaf (Residential) School KB Rana Magar.

The grant assistance will be used to construct facilities and to provide equipment for computer education and vocational training for hearing impaired students in Class V to XII. They have more chance of getting a job after finishing school. The project will build a total of 363.14-sq-m, divided into six rooms including computer classroom; fine arts/painting classroom; plumbing classroom; tailoring, knitting and weaving classroom; theoretical classroom, and a training equipment store room, on the existing three story school building.
It will also provide equipment for training; two computers for the instructor, a projector, ten sewing machines and furniture for the class rooms.

Dhaulagiri Deaf (Residential) School currently has students from Grade I to VIII from 18 different districts of Nepal and has a plan to upgrade the school to Grade XII by 2018. The project will provide computer education and vocational training, and training in fine arts/painting, plumbing, tailoring and knitting/ weaving to about 100 students over Grade V. It will enable the students to obtain computer and other vocational skills and knowledge.

It is expected that the opportunities for them to be active in society will increase after finishing school, and it is also expected that after the successful implementation of the project, the school may produce trainers for computer and various vocational training by using sign language.

The Embassy of Japan expects that opportunities for hearing impaired people to play an active part in society will be increased through the project.

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