Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Construction of Practical Education Facilities in Burgei Secondary School)
||Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Construction of Practical Education Facilities in Burgei Secondary School
||18th March 2016
||Lenginet Location, Rongai Division, Rongai District, Nakuru County
||The Project for the Construction of Practical Education Facilities in Burgei Secondary School
||US$ 72,487 (Approx. Kshs 7.2 Million)
- H.E. Tatsushi Terada - Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- Prof. Catherine Kitetu- County Executive for Public Service Management (Representative of H.E. Mr. Kinuthia Mbugua, Governor of Nakuru County)
- Hon. Mr. Raymond Kipruto Moi- Member of Parliament (Rongai Constituency)
- Mr. Edward Kamau Gitau- Member of County Assembly (Rongai Constituency)
- Officials from County Government
- Management and staff of Burgei Secondary School
- Community Members of Rongai
Total of about 800 participants
||The Ground Breaking Ceremony of “The Project for the Construction of Practical Education Facilities in Burgei Secondary School” was held in Lenginet Location, Rongai Division and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya. The grant contract for this project availed funds to be used for the construction of 1 laboratory with laboratory equipment, 1 poultry pen, 2 toilet blocks for students and teachers and the installation of 2 water harvesting tanks.
Burgei Secondary School is a public school established in 2013 by the community. The only facilities they have in their school are 4 classrooms, a kitchen, 1 toilet for boys and none for girls with 170 students (84 boys, 86 girls) and 7 teachers. Since they lack the sanitary facilities, students go over to Burgei Primary School which is next to their property to use their toilets.
Considering the fact that the school is young and in the future they will need to continue expanding their facilities, the school committee had decided to start a poultry project in the school so that not only can it be used as a model for “business” classes, but it can also be an income generating source. The poultry project is expected to be one of the resources for them to maintain or expand their school.
At the ceremony, the community and the students expressed their appreciation and joy to the Government of Japan for their assistance, by giving a speech and by dancing a traditional dance.
Ambassador Terada, in his speech congratulated the school and the community for having qualified to obtain this highly competitive grant. Since, the project includes the construction of a laboratory, he emphasized the importance of learning science by explaining the experience that Japan had gone through in the past.
The Ambassador referred to how Japan was a disaster after Japan lost in the World War 2 and gave an example of the famous Japanese car manufacturing companies and consumer electronics companies to explain how Japan as a country grew through science and technology. He hoped that this project will lead to increasing the students’ motivation to study science harder.
At the end of the speech, Ambassador Terada mentioned about “The 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI)” that would be held in Kenya this August. He mentioned that during TICAD VI, thousands of participants, including the leaders of all the African countries, development partners, and the Japanese Prime Minister will come to Nairobi. He expressed his hope that this conference will be a good opportunity to advertise Kenya to the private companies as a suitable country in which to invest.
Regarding the investment, as an example, the Ambassador introduced a Japanese noodle company, JKUAT NISSIN FOODS Ltd. as one of the companies that has invested in Kenya. During the ceremony their noodles were advertised through a tasting session. For most of the community members and children, it was their first time to taste the JKUAT NISSIN noodles and they enjoyed the taste.
In closing his remarks, the Ambassador wished the people happiness, prosperity and the successful implementation of this project.