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Official visit to projects supported by the Japanese Government

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Contribution from the Japanese Government creates appropriate learning environment for children in Bas-Congo.  Kwilu Ngongo, 4 April 2009. Mr. Kanji Kitazawa, the Japanese Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mr. Atushi Ueno, Director of Global Issues Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Japan, made an official visit to projects supported by the Japanese Government and the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS).
Mr. Pierre Diasonama, the Director of one of the visited schools said: “thanks to improved learning environment for children, we see a big increase in enrolment rates this year as well as better achievement rates; Last year, our pupils recorded 82% success at national (TENAFEP) end of primary examinations compared to 50% success rate in 2007.”
Steven Lauwerier, UNICEF Deputy Representative says: “Bas-Congo province is marked by one of the worst under 5 mortality rates in the country. UNICEF implements of among others Education projects including early childhood development and “Healthy Villages and Healthy Schools” in the area of Water and Sanitation.  We see that the vulnerability of children in a non emergency context is worse at times and yet less visible; children’s rights and concerns should be integrated in activities everywhere and at all times.”

The Japanese funding and the UNTFHS were used for the rehabilitation/construction of    classrooms, toilets and hygiene training the Community of MEMA also received. The contribution from the Government of Japan from 2006 to date to UNICEF amounts to over USD 40 million since 2006. The funding received to date from the Government and UNTFHS for UNICEF for “Community Empowerment” alone exceeds USD 10 million. An additional recent contribution in the amount of USD 3 million for Water and environmental sanitation interventions to mitigate the impact of climate change and food price increases on vulnerable children in remote rural communities will help to upscale Healthy Village/Healthy School programmes in the provinces of Bandundu and Equateur.

UNICEF is present in over 150 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
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