Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2012/2013: Handing Over of the Project for the Expansion of St. Thomas Amagoro Girls Secondary School
||Handing Over of the Project for the Expansion of St. Thomas Amagoro Girls Secondary School
||27th May 2014
||St. Thomas Amagoro Girls Secondary School – Amagoro Division, Teso North Sub-County, Busia County, Western Province
||The Project for the Expansion of St. Thomas Amagoro Girls Secondary School
||US$ 109,898 (Approx. Kshs 9.1 million)
- Mr. Mikio Mori: Deputy Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Kenya
- Ms. Josephine Onunga: Deputy County Commissioner / Teso North Sub-County
- Hon. Ishmael Orodi, MCA / Malaba Central Ward
- Officials from the Local Government
- Members of local community
- Members of school BOG (Board of Governors)
- School Staff, Students and their parents
- The contractor and the external auditor
Total of about 1,000 participants
||The Handing Over Ceremony of the Project for the Expansion of St. Thomas Amagoro Girls Secondary School which had its Grant Contract signed on 20th of February 2013, was held in Busia County and witnessed by among others, officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya.
The grant was used to provide St. Thomas Amagoro Girls Secondary School with new school facilities in order to improve the learning environment for the students. The facilities included construction of a new school building (inclusive of a classroom together with administration offices) and toilet blocks, provision of furniture and installation of water tanks. Prior to receiving this grant, the school was in serious need of facilities which forced the students to study under very pathetic conditions.
The handing over ceremony included joyful songs and dances performed by the grateful students, planting of trees, tour of the new school facilities and unveiling of the commemorative plaque. Participants, among them the Deputy County Commissioner for Teso North Sub-County Ms. Josephine Onunga expressed their gratitude to Japan for the grant.
In his remarks, Japan’s Deputy Ambassador Mr. Mori congratulated the School for the successful completion of the project and appreciated the dedication and hard work of all the stakeholders which had resulted into the project being completed within one year. He urged the students to always remember all the efforts that had been put into the project during its implementation.
Anticipating that with the improved learning environment, the young girls would be able to comfortably acquire knowledge and reach their full potentials in the future, Mr. Mori quoted part of a speech of Japan’s Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe during a recent visit to Africa in which he said, “I am fully confident that imparting knowledge to women, bringing their latent potential into full bloom, and raising their position in society will be a way forward that leads directly to developing and to enhancing the sophistication of African society and African industry.”