Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects: Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Expansion of St. Bakita Nagis Primary School
||Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Project for the Expansion of St. Bakita Nagis Primary School
||27th April 2015
||Turkwel, Loima Sub-County, Turkana County
||The Project for the Expansion of St. Bakita Nagis Primary School
||US$88,361 (Approx. Kshs 8.0 million)
- H.E. Tatsushi Terada - Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- H.E. Josphat Nanok - Governor of Turkana County
- Hon. Mr. Protus Akuja – Member of Parliament (Loima)
- Hon. Mr. Jeremiah Lomurukai – Member of County Assembly (Turkwel Ward)
- Hon. Ms. Margaret Kuchal – Education County Executive of Turkana County
- Hon. Mr. Jane Ajele – Health County Executive of Turkana County
- Hon. Mr. Beatrice Askul – Water County Executive of Turkana County
- Hon. Rodah Loyor – Energy County Executive of Turkana County
- Mr. Peter Eripete – Turkana County Public Secretary
- Fr. Raphael – Makwamekwi Parish Diocese of Lodwar
- Officials from Local Government
- The management and staff of St. Bakita Nagis Primary School
- The community members of Turkwel
Total of about 400 participants
||The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the “Project for the Expansion of St. Bakita Nagis Primary School” was held in Turkwel, Loima Sub-County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
The grant contract for this project availed funds to be used in building 2 dormitories for boys and girls, 2 classrooms, and 3 toilet blocks to improve the pupils’ learning environment.
St. Bakita Nagis Primary school was established in 1996, by Fr. Raphael, Makwamekwai Parish Diocese of Lodwar and the current number of pupils has risen up to more than 450 pupils. Turkana County is the largest county in Kenya and the population density is low, hence there are many pupils who walk for long distances. Pupils who live more than 5 km away from the school stay overnight in classrooms and teacher’s residences. However, the capacity is inadequate. Therefore, by constructing the dormitories pupils will be able to stay overnight in a better environment. In addition, classrooms and toilets are also lacking, hence this project will assist them to concentrate more on their learning.
Before the ceremony began, the organization’s hosts took the main guests on a brief tour to explain about their project. At the ceremony, H.E. Terada, Ambassador of Japan, in his speech introduced a couple of projects that were implemented in Turkana in the past. One project was implemented by Japan’s Forestry Agency called, “Participatory Forest and Woodland Management for Livelihood Improvement in Turkana” and another project was done by JICA, “The Project for Enhancing Community Resilience against Drought in Northern Kenya”. However, it has been 7 years since Turkana County had the last GGP project.
Ambassador Terada, therefore, congratulated the Government and the community members to have a GGP project again for this year. H.E. Nanok, Governor of Turkana, thanked Japan for the support and mentioned that the challenges that Turkana County is facing is not only education, but also security issues, droughts, and medical services which need to be improved. He emphasized to the community that Turkana County will continue to put their efforts to improve those issues within the county.