The Project was designed as a response to a devastating earthquake that hit Bhutan in September 2009. The Prject was approved on 12 August 2010 for a total cost of $3.0 million to be funded as a grant by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR). It became effective on 23 August 2010 and will be completed by 22 August 2013. The project's objectives are to develop a model safe learning environment and enhance people's disaster risk management (DRM) capacity in Mongar and Trashigang, the two most affected districts. These objectives will be achieved through: (i) restoration and improvement of 4 heavily damaged primary schools; (ii) strengthened disaster risk management (DRM) capacity through school-based DRM and community-based DRM training and planning; and (iii) project management, monitoring, and evaluation. The Department of School Education under the Ministry of Education is the executing agency, and Mongar and Trashigang district administrations are the implementing agencies.
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