Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2013/2014: Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Gesurura Primary School

H.E. Ambassador Terada presenting Japan Ikebana Calendar 2015 to Kisii County Governor, Hon. James Ongwae
H.E. Ambassador Terada signing visitor’s book
Ambassador Terada receiving ornaments from Governor Ongwae as a token of appreciation for the support
Head Teacher, Mr. James Rianga explaining the school condition to Ambassador Terada
Ambassador Terada, Governor Ongwae and other officials at the roofless classroom
Title Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of  Gesurura Primary School
Date 6th March, 2015
Location Gesurura,  Marani District,  Kisii County,
Project title The Project for the Expansion of Gesurura Primary School
Amount US$ 93,363   (8.4 Million Kshs)
    Total of about 650 participants
Main activity A Ground Breaking for a GGP project signed on 26th January, 2015 for the Expansion of Gesurura Primary School was held in Marani, Kisii County.  The ceremony was attended by officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya led by the ambassador H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada and the project beneficiaries including the local area county officials.
The GGP grant was used to improve the school facilities to more conducive learning and teaching environment.  The project included construction of 6 classrooms and 8 toilets, renovation of 5 classrooms, installation of 3 water tanks and provision of 200 student’s desks.
Gesurura P.A.G. Primary School which was established in 1989 through support of a Christian church currently has over 450 pupils and 15 teachers.  The school administration has through the years struggled to improve the facilities and even started constructing seven classrooms through CDF which unfortunately was insufficient.  With the current poor school condition, pupils are either forced to squeeze in the few classrooms with roofs or alternatively go back home whenever there is rainfall.  The school has other 6 classrooms with no roofs.
On the way, H.E. Ambassador Terada called on the Kisii County Governor, Hon. James Ongwae who also attended the ground breaking.   
The ceremony included planting of trees and entertainment of songs and dances by the pupils. There were speeches from officials that expressed their appreciations for the support to their County and promised to ensure that the project progresses successfully to its completion.    
In his speech at the function, Hon. Ongwae thanked the Government and people of Japan for the generous support to his county.  He expressed his county’s wish to have mutual partnership with Japan in various areas of economic and technological cooperation for the development of the county.  The Governor also promised that Kisii County would allocate funds for the renovation of the school’s administration block.
While giving his remarks, Ambassador Terada congratulated the school for its success in obtaining the competitive GGP grant.  He admired the enthusiasm of the school to have held the groundbreaking ceremony that would kick off the project which would upon completion create a more conducive learning environment.  The ambassador also encouraged the pupils to work hard and focus on higher education in order to build themselves a brighter and prosperous future.  


Ambassador Terada planting a tree
Pupils from Gesurura Primary School entertaining guests
Ambassador Terada joining the dance with Governor Ongwae and Member of National Assembly, Hon. Jimmy Angwenyi
Governor Ongwae dancing together with community members to express their joy
Head Teacher of Gesurura Primary School, Mr. James introducing the project.
County Minister of Education, Hon. John Omwoyo giving a speech
Member of County Assembly, Hon. Charles Onchonga speaking at the function
Member of National Assembly, Hon. Jimmy Angwenyi expressing appreciation to Japan for the support

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Governor Ongwae expressing his appreciation to the Government and people of Japan for the generous support.
Ambassador Terada speaking at the function