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Japan News Release  
17th March 2011             



Japan Supports Education and Safe Water Access in Western Uganda


Three development projects funded by Japan in Western Uganda have been commissioned. Two of the projects were construction of laboratory blocks in Rubona Secondary School and improvement of primary schools’ facilities in Kasese district. The third project implemented by HEWASA was for improving access to safe water in Kyakarafa parish in Kamwenge district. The three projects cost over Ush. 400 million.

Rubona S. S. received two science laboratory blocks with furniture and science equipment. Science teachers had a challenge of conducting practical lessons due to the lack of facilities and this was affecting the performance of students. In Kasese district, Kasanga and Nyakabale Primary schools, where children had lessons under tree shades, received three classroom blocks, latrines, water tanks and pupils’ furniture. Four other primary schools (Harukungu PS, Kyabalokya PS, Isango PS, Kiyonga PS) also received furniture.

Ambassador Keiichi Kat said that the laboratories would enable students to have a hands-on experience and thus demystify the attitude that science subjects are difficult. He commented that inadequate infrastructures in schools could greatly impede the normal learning process.

The water project constructed 30 shallow wells, 5 protected springs and 3 Ferro-cement rain water harvesting tanks in 7 villages in Kyakarafa parish, Busibira Sub County, where peopled used to suffered from cholera and typhoid caused by lack of safe water. Mr. Kato said that safe water was essential for healthy and functional population. The project benefits over 3,500 people who live in this parish.

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For more information, please contact:
Ms. Irankunda Annet (Public Affairs Section) or Ms. Yuki Asaka (GGP Section),
Embassy of Japan in Uganda, P. O. Box 23553, Kampala.
Tel: 041-4349542/3/4, 031-2261564/5/6


Detail of the projects

listThe Project for Improvement of Primary Schools’ Facilities in Kasese District

listThe Project for Improvement of Access to Safe Water and Sanitation in Kyakarafa Parish, Kamwenge District