BY MARKO TAIBOT
ADJUMANI. Wednesday, February 10, 2021: The embassy of Japan in partnership with Plan International Uganda, has constructed two classroom blocks and latrines at Mungula Primary School in Adjumani district.
The sh312m project also included procurement of school furniture as a response to the challenge of inadequate learning facilities exacerbated by the high population of South Sudan refugees.
On Wednesday, the Japanese envoy to Uganda Fukuzawa Hidemoto expressed satisfaction with the work done, noting that the new facilities would ensure an improved learning environment at Mungula primary school.
The project is part of the grant for grassroots human security projects, a scheme administered by the Japanese embassy to fund community development projects which uplift the life of people.
“Under the same arrangement, a total of 261 projects have been implemented since the inception of the program in 1992,” the ambassador revealed.
The Mungula primary school project was signed between the embassy of japan and plan international in February 2018.
Hidemoto indicated that Japan is keen on promoting partnership with African countries through the Tokyo international conference on African development which is committed to assisting the continents’ efforts for boosting economic growth, achieving the sustainable development goals and consolidating peace and good governance in Africa.
Grace Masudio, the head teacher of Mungula primary school acknowledged that the school has been feeling the weight of a huge pre-covid 19 enrolment that stood at 1,964 pupils translating into a congested 1:100 classroom-pupil ratio.
“This was a big challenge to both learners and the teaching staff,” she said, adding that the school is glad that they now have more classrooms to decongest pupils.
The Plan International’s head of programs, Greg Lavender underscored the significance of the project saying that the new infrastructure will go a long way in transforming the lives of many refugees and the host community by helping to improve education standards.
The Adjumani district vice chairman, John Anyanzo appreciated the Japanese for investing in capital development through infrastructure development in line with the government of Uganda national development plan.