Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2013/2014: Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Construction of Girls’ Dormitory and Expansion of Oldebes Secondary School
||Ground Breaking Ceremony of The Project for the Construction of Girls’ Dormitory and Expansion of Oldebes Secondary School
||26th February, 2015
||Oldebes Location, Mogotio District, Baringo County
||The Project for the Construction of Girls’ Dormitory and Expansion of Oldebes Secondary School
||US$ 84,066 (Approx. Kshs 7.5 million)
- H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada - The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- Hon. Edwin Riamangura - Representative of Baringo County Governor
- Hon. Prof. Hellen Sambili – Member of National Assembly
- Mr. Philip Nzongo - Deputy County Commisionor
- Hon. Jacob Cheboiwo – Member of Baringo County Assembly
- Officials of Education Ministry and other officials from the Local Government.
- Chairperson and Committee members of Oldebes Secondary School
- Head Teacher, Teachers, Pupils and Parents from Oldebes Secondary School
Total of about 650 participants
||The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Construction of Girls’ Dormitory and Expansion of Oldebes Secondary School which had its Grant Contract signed on 26th January, 2015, was held in Baringo County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
The project received a grant amounting to USD 84,066 (approx. Kshs7.5 Million) for the construction of a girls’ dormitory, 2 classrooms and provision of 52 Beds for the dormitory and 2 water tanks, with the objective of improving the school educational environment.
The school has been experiencing an upshot in the rate of pregnancies and early marriages due to cultural beliefs and sadly for the girls being sexually harassed by men while commuting. This has resulted into high school dropout rate for the girls thus depriving them of future academic opportunities.
The ceremony included planting of trees as well as performances of songs and dances by the pupils and the local community. There were also speeches from officials who appreciated the big support from Japan in the area that includes the Baringo Water Supply project, the Geothermal Power Station Project in Olkaria and scholarships that have been awarded to students. This, they said, demonstrated the friendship that exists between Kenya and Japan.
While giving his remarks, Ambassador Terada congratulated the school for its success in getting the grant and holding a ground breaking ceremony to start the project. He said that there was need to change the current situation and improve the environment for the girls so that they could be able to proceed with their education, and realize their dreams for a brighter future of Kenya.
At the end of his remarks, Ambassador Terada mentioned the Prime Minister of Japan Mr. Abe’s speech made last year that stressed on the government of Japan’s willingness to implement greater and generous assistance to African countries especially on education and empowerment of women and the youth.