Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2014/2015: Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Gesurura Primary School

Pupils of Gesurura Primary School welcoming H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya  and Hon. John Omwoyo,  Deputy Governor of Kisii
Ambassador Terada  and Deputy Governor Maangi, unveiling the plaque and shaking hands
Newly built Gesurura Primary School
Pupils of Gesurura Primary School expressing their happiness through the performance
Ambassador Terada joining the dance with pupils
Title Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Gesurura Primary School
Date 16th November 2015
Location Gesurura,   Marani District,   Kisii County
Project title The Project for the Expansion of Gesurura Primary School
Amount US$ 93,363   (8.5 Million Kshs)
  • H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada - The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
  • H.E. Hon. Joash Maangi  - Deputy Governor of Kisii County
  • Hon. John Omwoyo  - County Minister of Education
  • Hon. Charles Onchonga – Member of County Assembly
  • Representatives of County Government and Officials from Local Government
  • Chairperson and Committee members of  Gesurura Primary School
  • Head Teacher, Teachers, Pupils and Parents from Gesurura Primary School
  • The community members of Gesurura
    Total of about 650 participants
Main activity The Handing Over Ceremony of “The Project for the Expansion of Gesurura Primary School whose Grant Contract was signed on 26th January, 2015 was held on 16th November 2015 at Gesurura Primary School in  Marani, Kisii County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.

   The project received a grant amount of USD 93,363 (approx. Kshs 8.5 Million) which was used for the construction of 6 classrooms, 8 toilets, renovation of 5 classrooms, installation of 3 water tanks and provision of 200 desks with the objective of improving the school educational environment.
   The GGP project is expected to create conducive learning environment for the pupils in order to enable them improve their academic performance and produce quality education in the community. The new facilities will motivate the pupils to work hard and focus on higher education to build themselves a bright future.

   On the way, the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada called on the Deputy Governor  of Kisii County, H.E. Hon. Joash Maangi who also attended the Handing Over Ceremony.

   The ceremony included dance performed by pupils of Gesurura Primary School and community members. There were speeches from local officials who expressed their gratitude towards the generous assistance from the Government and people of Japan.

   In his speech at the function, Deputy Governor Maangi thanked the Government and people of Japan for the generous support to his county.  He expressed his county’s wish to have further partnership with Japan in various areas of cooperation for the development of the county.
   While giving his remarks, the Ambassador Terada congratulated Gesurura Primary School for the successful completion of the project.

   Ambassador Terada mentioned the strong ties of friendship between Japan and Kenya stating that Kenya is the largest recipient of Japan’s ODA in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Ongoing Japanese ODA projects in the Rift Valley include Olkaria Geothermal Power Project, Water Supply Projects in Narok and Baringo Counties and Mombasa Port Development Project Phase 2.

   He informed the gathering that the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the first TICAD ever held in Africa and out of Japan, would be in Kenya next year.   Not only would this TICAD have historical significance, it would also further strengthen ties between Japan and Africa.

   He also hoped that the pupils would be more motivated and open to the outside world after having had the opportunity to know Japan through the project. He encouraged them to reach for their dreams with the dedication and to aspire to be future leaders, technicians and entrepreneurs of their beautiful country Kenya.
Community ladies performing a song
Deputy Governor Maangi joining the women’s group for joyful dance
Head Teacher of Gesurura Primary School giving project over view
Member of County Assembly, Hon. Charles Onchonga expressing appreciation to the Government and People of Japan for the generous assistance
County Minister of Education, Hon. John Omwoyo expressing appreciation to Japan
Deputy Governor Maangi expressing his appreciation to the Government and people of Japan
Ambassador Terada giving a speech

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