PEDPIII signed for primary education development

DHAKA : The Signing ceremony of “Japanese Grant Aid for The Third Primary Education Development Programme (PEDPIII)” was held at Economic Relations Division (ERD) in the city yesterday, said a release.
Masato Watanabe, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh, and Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Senior Secretary of ERD, signed exchange of notes representing respective governments. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office, also attended the ceremony and signed the Grant Agreement for the Programme, the release said.
It added since 2000, Bangladesh achieved impressive results as it worked to achieve the Education for all targets, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for primary education under the PEDP.
PEDP is the singular national development strategic plan for primary education in Bangladesh and PEDPIII is the third phase from 2011 to 2017. In particular, the target of universal primary enrolment has improved 98 percent (2015) from 76 percent (1991). Japan supported PEDPIII, with other nine development partners under the Sector Wide Approaches (SWAPs). At this time, the Government of Japan provides the grant aid up to Taka 319 million (490 million Japanese Yen) and this financing support is the fourth contribution following 2013.
Japan provided support with a focus on improving the quality of primary education for all. More than a decade, various approaches composed of policy strengthening, development of textbooks and teaching materials, strengthening school management and improvement of teacher’s training, as well as this financing support have been taken.
Japan’s approach with a focus on the quality assurance through technical cooperation, Japanese volunteers and policy advisors, makes a good synergy with SWAPs and financing support because those who have been working in the field can provide feedback to policy decision making at national level.