Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Handing Over Ceremony of the Project for the equipment of Sahajanand Special School Vocational Training)
||Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the equipment of Sahajanand Special School Vocational Training
||26th September 2016
||Mtwapa, Kilifi South Sub-County, Kilifi County
||The Project for the equipment of Sahajanand Special School Vocational Training
||US$ 60,710 (Approx. 5.8 Million Kshs)
- Mr. Tomohiro Tomimatsu - Defense Attache to Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda from the Embassy of Japan
- Mr. Maina Chege, Deputy County Commissioner of Kilifi South Sub-County
- Mr. Naran Mepani, Representative of Mombasa Cement Limited & Corrugated Sheets Limited
- Musical Band of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF)
- The management and staff of Sahajanand Special School
- Community members
Total of about 1,000 participants
||The Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project for the equipment of Sahajanand Special School Vocational Training” was held in Mtwapa, Kilifi South Sub-County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
Sahajanand Special School received a grant of 60,710 US Dollars (approximately 5.8 million Kshs) to furnish its vocational training workshops with tailoring, electricity, wood work and metal work equipment which added up to 82 items.
Sahajanand Special School was established in 2006 as a public school and it is the largest special school in Kenya having 584 pupils and students. The school consists of three sections; a primary school, secondary school and the vocational training centre. The vocational training centre started in 2014, but did not have adequate equipment. The purpose of the project was therefore to equip the vocational training centre so that it can help the students to acquire more skills and assist people with disabilities to be self-reliant.
Before the ceremony begun, a mini-concert was held by the Musical Band from The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF). The training squadron visited Mombasa to develop the seamanship of the 190 newly commissioned officers, to cultivate their minds as future leaders as well as promote mutual understanding and good will with Kenya. To this end, the Musical Band decided to hold a mini-concert at one of the schools that was funded by the Government of Japan to enhance the relationship with the people in Kenya. The mini-concert started with the performance of the Japanese drums, “Wadaiko”. It was the first time for the pupils and students to see the Wadaiko ever in their life. After the drummers performed, the brass band played traditional Japanese and Kenyan songs. When the Kenyan songs were played, the audiences were full of excitement and the ceremony begun with a lot of happiness.
At the ceremony, the head teacher of Sahajanand Special School, Mr. Patrick Muzungu, expressed his appreciation to the Government of Japan for its assistance. He explained that students who learn in the vocational training centre are mostly intellectually challenged but can be trained to do weaving, tailoring, shoe making etc. and promised that the school will teach the people with disabilities to be self-reliant in the community to prove that disability is not inability.
Mr. Tomohiro Tomimatsu, representing the Embassy of Japan, congratulated the school for their successful completion of the project. In his speech, he said it is his hope that the equipment will go a long way in empowering the students towards self-reliance and self-actualisation. He also referred to the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), where a gathering African and global leaders laid down priorities for the continent, and agreed that quality education and equal opportunities for all are pre-requisite for economic self-reliance.
In closing his remarks, he wished the people all the best for their future.