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Schools upgrade to benefit disabled pupils

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A Japanese NGO yesterday signed a deal worth nearly $300,000 to assist four Kandal province primary schools in providing access to education for children with disabilities.

The agreement was signed at the Japanese Embassy between the schools and the Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan), cementing a commitment from the NGO to provide $279,038 to retrofit the schools and train teachers.

“AAR Japan will continue its activities in supporting inclusive education for children with disabilities in Kandal province to enable all children to get enrolled without discrimination,” said Horinouchi Hidehisa, the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia who oversaw the signing ceremony.

Mr Hidehisa added that with the assistance of AAR Japan, the schools would be retrofitted to ensure easy access for children with disabilities.

AAR Japan first arrived in Cambodia in the early 1990s, with its activities mostly focussed on providing support to students with disabilities through the construction of training centres and manufacturing and distributing of wheelchairs.

Sonoda Tomoko, country director of AAR Japan, said the NGO is continuing its expansion to support infrastructure.

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