THE Japanese government has given grants to two Zambian institutions under the grant assistance for the development of grassroots human security projects.

Japanese Ambassador to Zambia Mr Kiyoshi Koinuma and director of Department of Technical and Vocational Education at the Ministry of Higher Education Mr Alex Simumba signed the grant contract on behalf of the governments of Japan and Zambia respectively.

The signing ceremony, held at the Japanese embassy in Lusaka, saw Kabwe Institute of Technology receiving  K1 million for automotive equipment  while Zambian Impact  Network  K500,000 for the expansion of three community schools.

The ambassador said the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects programme supports various development and human security projects at grassroots level.

He said more than 160 projects have been funded and implemented around Zambia since its inception in 1990.

The ambassador noted that the Zambian Impact Network has since inception in 2009 demonstrated commitment in providing quality education to the less privileged.

“The recipient organisation is a local NGO which has a mother body in the US. It started its activities in Zambia in 2009 and till now, it has succeeded in constructing nine community schools in Katete, Eastern Province.” Mr Koinuma said.

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