Japan to build five schools in Chin State
18 October 2013: The Japanese government has provided financial assistance to construct five schools in Mindat Township, Chin State.
In a statement released on Wednesday, it said that US$121,939 had been granted for the construction.
The fund was one of the four projects in Burma involving construction of high schools in Irrawaddy Region and middle school in Rangoon region.
However, details about schools to be built in Chin State were not disclosed.
One of the Chin community leaders said: “We are happy but not sure what schools they are building. It is essential that the fund is not spent for constructing new Na Ta La schools.”
Burma’s authorities have been criticised for running these separate residential schools, in which Christian children are coerced to convert to Buddhism, in the guise of development and education in many of the ethnic areas like Chin State.
The agreement was signed between Japanese Ambassador H.E. Mr. Mikio NUMATA and chairman of each construction committee.
In April this year, a new kindergarten building was constructed in Tedim Township, Chin State with Japanese assistance.
Meanwhile, the Chin National Front (CNF) and the government of Chin State held an opening ceremony for a complete installation of new computers and Internet services at high schools in Hakha, with support from Danida, Denmark’s development agency.#