Handover Ceremony for the Project for the Development of Educational Infrastructure at Reteti Primary School

The Government of Japan has been providing funds to local non-profit organizations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989.
The official handover ceremony for the Project for the Development of Educational Infrastructure at Reteti Primary School, under the GGP, was held at Lorroki Location, Samburu Central Sub-County, on 26th February 2019.
Reten Primary School was awarded a grant of USD 81,662 (approximately Kshs 8.0 Million) for the construction of four classrooms, an administration block, pit latrines, a school fence and installation of furniture.
Prior to the project, the school was in dire need of basic educational infrastructure such as classrooms, sanitation facilities and furniture. Class 1 to 4 pupils shared two semi-permanent and two permanent classrooms with the Early Childhood Development (ECD) learners. Furthermore Class 5 to 8 pupils had to be transferred to other schools or discontinued school due to the lack of adequate facilities. The unintended consequence of not continuing with school often means that girls get married off young in this community.
With the development of new infrastructure, the pupils now have an essential learning environment and retention rates will be maintained as children do not need to transfer to other schools. The enrollment rate also increased.
During the ceremony, the Deputy Governor, Honourable Julius Lesseto, expressed gratitude to the People of Japan for the generosity in providing assistance to not only Samburu but also to other counties in Kenya. The Head teachers also showed appreciation to the People of Japan for the financial support.

A welcome song by community women at Reteti Primary School.


Samburu elders performing a traditional blessing on the new facilities.


Pupils of Reteti Primary School entertaining guests during the ceremony.

Happy pupils and community members outside their new classrooms.