Mr. Yasuhiko Tanaka, Deputy Consul General of Japan in Kolkata inaugurated the school for the children from backward communities with Mr. Golok Bihari Mandal, President of the grant recipient organization, Akabpur Sammelani along with Swami Tattwa Saranandaji, Principal of Ramakrishna Mission Sikashan Mandira in Belur Math, Mr. Pushpen Chatterjee, Block Development Officer in Purbasthali – I, Mr. Sudip Srimal, Director of Nehru Children’s Museum in Kolkata and Prof. Biswapati Mandal from Kalyani University, in Burdwan, West Bengal on 22 December (Fri), 2017.
Under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Project (GGP) Scheme of Japanese Government, “The Project for the Expansion of Primary and Middle School for the Children of Backward Communities in Burdwan District in West Bengal” implemented by Akabpur Sammelani, with the support from the People and the Government of Japan, utilized the grant USD 40,438 for the construction of a school building and the procurement of 4 computers, 1 projector and screen, 1 generator, 1 water mini-pump and several kinds of school equipment. According to Akabpur Sammelani, more numbers of students from backward communities in the area will be benefitted of receiving education in the school facilities. Mr. Tanaka, Deputy Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, appreciated in his speech that Akabpur Sammelani has been working on the village development since 1979 and stated his strong belief that the supported school building will contribute to students’ education from backward communities as well as drop-outs.
Mr. Mandal, President of Akabpur Sammelani, expressed his utmost gratitude to the People and the Government of Japan for the financial assistance to construct a school building and purchase school equipment. He mentioned that, with the help of them, Akabpur Sammelani is now able to provide upper classes for children from backward communities and can contribute to students’ better education in the village. Swami Tattwa, Principal of Ramakrishna Mission Sikashan Mandira, expressed his thankfulness for the People and the Government of Japan for providing a school building to accommodate students from backward communities till VIII standards. He also mentioned that Akabpur Sammelani is expected to maintain the school building and its equipment properly for a long term use. Mr. Chatterjee, BDO in Purbasthali-I, started his speech with the common culture and religious facts between India and Japan. He was grateful that the People and Government of Japan have lent a helping hand to India and stood together with people of India for providing the educational facility in a small village of Burdwan. He also added that the supported building will be expected to utilize fully for students’ better future.
Mr. Srimal, Director of Nehru Children’s Museum in Kolkata, mentioned that the Government of Japan provided the financial assistance not only in West Bengal but also all over India for the grass-root projects, and he strongly requested parents of students that they must think their children’s bright future through education. Prof. Mandal from Kalyani University thanked in his speech to the People and the Government of Japan for coming forward and assisting Akabpur Sammelani to construct a school building for students from backward communities.