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Minister of Solidarity receives Japanese Ambassador and JICA delegation

Minister of Solidarity receives Japanese Ambassador and JICA delegation

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Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, received Oka Hiroshi, the Japanese Ambassador to Cairo, and a delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to discuss numerous areas of cooperation between the two sides , as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Egyptian-Japanese partnership The meeting was attended by Dr. Mervat Sabreen, Deputy Minister of Solidarity and leaders of the ministry.

The meeting discussed the Japanese government’s initiative to support development projects implemented by civil society organizations in local communities and developments in the work on the project “Improving the Quality of Small-Scale Services childhood”, implemented within the framework of the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Japan International Cooperation Authority (JICA).

The Minister of Social Solidarity underlined the great importance that the Egyptian government attaches to cooperation with the State of Japan within the framework of the strong historical relations between the two countries and common development goals, praising the support provided and the achievements positive results obtained since 1994 through grants awarded by the Japanese Embassy to support 179 association projects. Eligibility, worth a total of approximately US$10 million, in various areas of development, including supporting education and health services and providing basic facilities in the most well-cared-for areas, putting the focus on the villages of the presidential initiative “Decent Life”, in addition to vocational training and economic empowerment, with emphasis on women and people with disabilities.

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This grant awarded by the Embassy of Japan in Egypt constitutes a program to support development projects aimed at meeting various social needs, according to which grants are awarded for selected projects to Egyptian non-governmental organizations, mainly aimed at providing important social services and facilities such as classrooms for mothers who cannot read and write, and centers providing necessary equipment for orphaned girls, etc.

The meeting was an opportunity to review the achievements of the work carried out with the grant, since the Japanese Ambassador invited the Minister of Social Solidarity to attend the celebration that the embassy plans to organize at the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the start of cooperation, where the minister expressed his welcome to this important participation.

The meeting also focused on joint cooperation between the two parties in the field of early childhood development through the “Improving the quality of early childhood services” project implemented by the Ministry of Social Solidarity in cooperation with the Japan Development Cooperation Authority (JICA) within the framework of the Egyptian-Japanese Education Initiative launched by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in 2016.

The project mainly aims to increase and develop the human resource capacities of 500 nurseries in nine governorates, strengthen the monitoring and evaluation system of nurseries and raise community awareness of the most important issues related to early childhood, including learning through play – positive education, good nutrition, the integration of children with disabilities and learning difficulties and the importance of enrollment in nurseries.

The achievements of the project were also examined in its various axes, in particular the preparation of educational materials to integrate learning methods through play in nurseries, in addition to preparing cadres of agents from the Ministry of Social Solidarity and civil society organizations to train facilitators, daycare directors and workers. in the directorates and departments of the Ministry on the training program approved by the Ministry to develop the skills of workers in the field of early childhood development, in cooperation with the University Teaching Development Center of New Valley University .

The project, in partnership with the Misr Public Library and the Roots Foundation for Development, began implementing awareness campaigns among around 1,900 beneficiaries, including parents and nursery school facilitators, on the themes learning through play, positive education and healthy eating. were presented by Japanese early childhood expert, Ms. Sanae Ando, ​​in collaboration with top trainers in this field.

At the end of the meeting, the two parties underlined their desire to begin a new phase of technical cooperation, benefiting from Japanese experience in early childhood development and supporting local community development projects.

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