Japan Press Release
25th February 2014
Japan Supports Science Education in Northern Uganda through the Grant of US$ 121,898
Today, the Embassy of Japan is to hand over a project of JPY 9.873 million (approximately US$ 121,898) for construction of a science laboratory block at Alito Secondary School in Kole district.
The Deputy Head of Mission of Japan to Uganda Counsellor Yutaka Nakamura will officiate the commissioning of this project.
Kole District is situated in Lango region of Northern Uganda, a new district carved out from Apac District in 2010. The region was heavily inflicted by LRA insurgencies over 20 years producing around 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and destructing social infrastructures. Established in 1985, Alito Secondary School was turned into an IDP camp during the conflict. Since 2006, security in the region has been improving and the resettlement of IDPs is progressing, however, resettlement has been difficult due to delay in reconstruction of public infrastructures. Although some basic facilities were repaired in the area, after the school re-opened in 2009, it still lacks a facility for science education. As a result, many of the students fail to finish the basic curriculum appropriately, thus creating widespread science education gap in the region. This project has constructed a science laboratory block where safe and effective practical science lessons are carried out, and thus improves the environment of basic education for 464 students in the school.
The donation by Japan is part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a scheme administered by the Embassy of Japan to support community development projects to uplift the lives of the people at the grassroots level. So far, a total of 181 projects have been funded under the scheme since its initiation in Uganda in 1992.
Japan, steadily promoting the ownership of and the partnership with African countries through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process, is committed to boosting quality growth, achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and consolidating peace and good governance in Africa.