Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (Handing Over Ceremony of the Project for the Expansion of Mangoto Primary School)

Mr. Sakai was welcomed by the students of Mangoto Primary School
Mr. Sakai inspected the new classrooms with the school staff and Ministry of Education officials
Mr. Sakai answered questions from local reporterson the GGP Project
Title Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Mangoto Primary School
Date 20th  January 2017
Location Wempa, Makuyu, Murang’a County
Project Title The Project for the Expansion of Mangoto Primary School
Amount US$ 84,745 (Approx. 8.5 Million Kshs)
Total of about 600 participants
Main Activity The official handing over ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Mangoto Primary School”, a GGP project, was held at Mangoto Primary School, Wempa Location, Murang’a County.

The Grant Contract for this project was signed on 8th of December 2015 in the amount of 84,745 US Dollars, (approximately 8.5 million Ksh). The grant was for; the construction of 8 classrooms and 8 toilets, installation of a water tank, and for the purchase of furniture for the classrooms.

Prior to this project, the school had only 2 permanent classrooms to accommodate approximately 500 pupils. The classes were hosted in makeshift classrooms constructed by the parents with sticks and iron sheets. Due to lack of furniture, many students had to sit on stones and share a table with up to 4 classmates. With the expansion of the facilities and provision of 250 desks and chairs, students will now be able to study in an environment that is more conducive to their success.    

During the handing over ceremony, the First Secretary of Economic Cooperation Section at the Embassy of Japan, Mr. Shohei Sakai congratulated Mangoto Primary School for the successful completion of the project and shared his wish that with continued support from the community the students will improve their academic performance and achieve their dreams.

In his speech, Mr. Sakai briefly highlighted the various education projects that the Government of Japan has sponsored in Kenya. In addition to the construction of schools and dormitories across Kenya, the Government of Japan is an active partner in the development of human capital in the education sector. The fifteen year SMASE project, implemented between 1998 and 2013 by JICA, focused on improving the quality of math and science education in the country.

In closing his remarks, he requested the community members to take personal responsibility for the success of Mangoto Primary School and its pupils.


Hon. MP Kamande and Mr. Shohei Sakai presented with gifts to show appreciation
Speakers at the ceremony sharing their wishes for the future of the students and larger community of Mangoto Primary School.
From top left: Madame Edith - Deputy CDE Murang’a South; Eliud Gitau - MCA Kimorori/Wempa Ward; Mr. Anthony Chege – KRA Area Representative; Member of Parliament Maragua Constituency – Hon. Peter Kamande; First Secretary Economic Cooperation Section – Mr. Shohei Sakai.

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Mr. Sakai joined the Standard 8 students in their new classroom
Mr. Sakai shaired his wishes for the success of the Mangoto students and community