ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Government of Japan Friday granted financial support of US dollar 272,725 (approx. Rs. 19 million) under Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects to two Japanese NGOs for implementation of school construction projects in quake-hit district Bagh and Skardu. The agreement for the projects were signed at Japanese Ambassador's residence here between Akira Mizutani, Minister of the Embassy of Japan and representatives of two Japanese NGOs, JEN and Himalayan Green Club. The project, "Improvement of Educational Environment in Rural Mountainous Areas in District Bagh" which will be implemented by JEN is to reconstruct six primary schools and provide hygiene education in the quake-affected area. The school buildings will be reconstructed with the light steel structure in order to make these schools earthquake proof and thus 264 students will be able to enjoy safe and suitable environment for education. The hygiene education will be provided to 1,700 students and teachers in 17 schools in the area. Through this project, it is expected that the hygienic environment will be improved in the area. The other project, "Construction of Grace public school Astana Skardu" which will be implemented by Himalayan Green Club is to construct a primary school in Skardu in Northern Area and provide 50 women with knitting and embroidery training and 50 inhabitants in the area with literacy education. The planned permanent school building will provide educational opportunity for additional 200 students who were denied admission due to the limited capacity of the school. At the signing ceremony, Minister of the Embassy of Japan, Mizutani said that the Government of Japan gives priority to education and human resources development sector. He expressed the hope that through the Japanese Official Development Assistance more Pakistani students can receive primary education. He said that the projects would contribute to the human resources development in Pakistan and that the existing friendly ties between the peoples of Japan and Pakistan would be further consolidated through these projects.