UNDP improves the access to education for 200 schoolchildren in Panj districtSep 1, 2015
Sep 1, 2015, Panj District. The inauguration ceremony of newly constructed secondary school # 37 in 15 Solagii Tojikiston village of Kabut Sayfiddinov Jamoat was held on Tuesday, 1st of September 2015 in Panj district of Khatlon Region. e The school construction was implemented in the framework of UNDP “Project for Livelihood Improvement in Tajik-Afghan Cross-border Areas (LITACA)”.The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the district and the representatives of UNDP Tajikistan.
“Construction of additional classes within the secondary school # 37 in 15 solagii Tojikiston village is a step towards the implementation of the District Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2014-2018 years, Education Strategy of the Khatlon Region and ensuring livelihood improvement of the population”, mentioned Mr. Tavakalzoda Abdujon, Chairman of the district.
Growing number of children in the community and improper education conditions have made it increasingly difficult for the school to accommodate all its schoolchildren due to the shortage of classrooms and conducive condition for study. Local community together with the local administration, mahalla committee and entrepreneurs started construction of four additional classes in 2014, performed 55% of works and due to the lack of finance requested UNDP for further support. UNDP delivered necessary construction materials and parents committee of the school led all construction works for finishing it. More than 200 schoolchildren places were equipped with necessary furniture by UNDP. As the result 187 (98 school girls) schoolchildren have an opportunity to study in this school with improved facilities and enabling studying conditions only this year.
“We are very happy that our children have opportunity to study in these four beautiful classrooms on the eve of 24th independence year of Tajikistan. Parents committee of the school and residents of the village are thankful to local administration and UNDP for support provided”, said Mr. Farkakov Dodikhudo, director of the school.
The LITACA project is a three-year initiative financed by the Government of Japan through JICA. The Project is implemented in both sides of the border covering eight cross-border districts of Khatlon Province of Tajikistan and three cross-border districts of Kunduz and Takhar Provinces of Afghanistan. The total amount of Project’s budget is US$10.7mln.