Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2013/2014: Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Olengoloto Primary School

Community member welcoming Ambassador Terada
Newly built Olengoloto Primary School
Ambassador Terada receiving a traditional Masai costume as a token of appreciation for the support.
pupil saying ‘Thank you’ to Ambassador Terada in Japanese
Ambassador Terada and Hon. Ezekiel  Rono unveiling the plaque.
Title Handing Over Ceremony of The Project for the Expansion of Olengoloto Primary School
Date 29th January, 2015
Location Narok County, Trans-Mara West Sub County,  Kilgoris Division
Project title The Project for the Expansion of Olengoloto Primary School
Amount US$ 119,927  (Approx. 10 Million Kshs)
Total of about 650 participants
Main activity The Handing Over Ceremony of “the Project for the Olengoloto Primary School” which had its Grant Contract signed in November 2013, was held on 29th January, 2015 at the Olengoloto Primary School in Kilgoris Division, Narok County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya. 

The project received a grant amount of US$ 119,927 (approx. Kshs 10 Million) which was used for the construction of 7 classrooms, an administration block, and 8 eco-san toilets, renovation of 8 classrooms, installation of 2 water tanks and purchase of furniture for teachers and pupils.  

Before the execution of this project, the facilities of the school which was established in 1991 had not been completed and the congested learning environment made pupils study outside.
In order to solve the problem, each parent of the school contributed a few pieces of wood and a little amount of money, and built very humble classrooms for the pupils to at least have shelter from the sun. 

During the ceremony, Ambassador Terada and Narok county Executive Committee member, Hon. Ezekiel Rono together with other guests toured the new school facilities, planted trees and unveiled the commemorative plaque.

The ceremony included Masai boys dance, poems performed by pupils of Olengoloto Primary School, songs by the community members and speeches from local officials who expressed their gratitude towards the generous assistance from the Government and people of Japan.

Ambassador Terada congratulated Olengoloto Primary School for the successful completion of the project which also included a new Kitchen supported by the Narok County Government and solar power system for the facilities from Ministry of Education.

The ambassador told the pupils to always remember all the efforts that had been put into the project implementation and encouraged them to work hard in order to improve their academic performances for their bright future.  He hoped that the community would be more motivated and exposed to the outside world after having had the opportunity of knowing Japan through the project.  He also hoped that the new Olengoloto Primary School would nourish future leaders for Kenya and the world as a whole. 

The ambassador concluded by saying that there was a possibility that the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) would be held in Kenya next year (2016).


Ambassador Terada planting a tree
Hon. Ezekiel  Rono planting a tree
Olengoloto Primary School pupils performing Masai traditional dance
Masai community people performing songs & dance
Head Teacher of Olengoloto Primary School Mr. Richard Tieparuso giving project over view
Mr. Moses Ole Kuya – Member of County Assembly of Kilgoris Central Ward giving a speech
Narok County Executive Committee Member for Education, Hon. Ezekiel  Rono expressing appreciation to the Government and People of Japan for the generous assistance
Ambassador Terada giving a speech

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