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 recipient organization, Akabpur Sammelani, 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, 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 students’ education from backward communities as well as drop-outs.
Mr. Mandal, the 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 students’ better education in the village.