Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, H.E. Kazuo Minagawa

Japanese government has constructed a total of eight classrooms to cater for Lords’ Resistance Army rebel affected children in Alebtong district.

The eight classrooms constructed at Akwete Primary School in Alebtong district shall serve a total of over 900 pupils that have been taking their lessons under trees.

Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, H.E. Kazuo Minagawa
Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, H.E. Kazuo Minagawa

There was excitement among parents, pupils and teachers at this school during the handover of the learning facilities on Wednesday.

Juni Yamazaki, the deputy head of mission for Japanese Embassy in Uganda who presided over the handover, says the construction of the learning facilities is valued at the tuned of Shs224 million.

The old classrooms at the school were nearly all destroyed in early 2000 as a result of the LRA rebel insurgency. Juni says the new classrooms will provide more space for better learning for the 900 children.

He says with peace returned in the region, Japanese government deem education s an important basis for early reconstruction and development for the region.

Yamazakai further noted that they would continue to support the education in Uganda.

Charles Okeng, the school head teacher, says in the past pupils were reluctant to attend school because they did not have where to shelter.

Okeng noted that much as they have received the facility, toilets and inadequate teachers’ accommodation remains great problem.

Pupils will no longer take lessons under trees thanks to the Japanese government
Pupils will no longer take lessons under trees thanks to the Japanese government

Moses Ongom, a parent,  says he is happy that his children will for the first time study in a proper classroom.  He says he hopes the administration will maintain the structures.

Rebecca Amuge Otengo, the Minister of State for Northern Uganda, applauded Japanese government for their support in the post war recovery of the region.

She urged Japanese to consider supporting vocational studies to cater for the formerly abducted children in the region.

Yamazakai further noted that they would continue to support improving the education and other supports in Uganda.

Charles Okeng the school head teacher says in the past pupils were running away from the school due to inadequate learning facilities adding that there will be better improvement in the pupils’ performances.

Okeng noted that much as they have received the facility, toilets and inadequate teachers’ accommodation remains a challenge.

Moses Ongom a parent says he is happy that burdens by children to learn from under trees has finally ended. He advised School authorities to ensure they maintain the facility.

Rebecca Amuge Otengo the minister of state for Northern Uganda applauded Japanese government for their support in the post war recovery of the region.

She urged Japanese to consider supporting vocational studies to cater for the formerly abducted children in the region.

Japanese Government through its embassy in Uganda has supported various community development projects to uplift the life of grassroots people and so far a total of 166 projects have been funded and in Alebtong about three health Centres including Amugu Health Centre III have been given Solar panels.

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