Japan offers aid for disaster specialist education

KATHMANDU: Japan decided to provide USD 84,213 (equivalent to Rs 8.95 million) to some Nepali institutions to conduct the Nepal Disaster Specialist Education Programme.

The fund under the Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects Scheme would be used in providing technical and financial support to the Tribhuvan University, Tri-Chandra College, Department of Psychology and Philosophy.

Issuing a press statement today, the Kathmandu-based Japanese Embassy said Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Masashi Ogawa and Japan IsraAID Support Programme Director Mihoko Nakatani would sign an agreement to this end on Wednesday.

"This grant assistance will be used to implement the Disaster Specialist Education Programme for local professionals in the fields of psychology, medicine, and social welfare, aiming to make them the leaders/ trainers of disaster psychosocial support workers," the statement read, adding major elements of this programme would be training, fieldwork and internship.

"The Embassy of Japan expects that this project will enhance the cordial friendship between the peoples of Japan and Nepal," the statement concluded.