His Excellency Fukuzawa Hidemoto the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda has expressed his country’s resolve to support projects that seek to improve the welfare of people at the grassroots level in Uganda.
Speaking during the commissioning of a three unit newly constructed and fully furnished science Laboratory block at St. Mary’s College Rushoroza in Kabale Municipality Hidemoto said such support is part of the Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a scheme administered by the embassy of Japan to support community development projects to uplift the life of the people at grassroots.
Up to 265 projects have so far been funded under the scheme since its initiation in Uganda in 1992 according to the ambassador.
The project for the construction of Laboratory block and providing a set of furniture was signed between the Embassy of Japan and the school stakeholders on 2nd February 2018, with a total grand of 306 million shillings.
“We wanted to intervene and ensure that a more enabling learning environment is created for the students and the teachers at St. Mary’s College Rushoroza. The grant is to boost the efforts of poor countries like Uganda to realize economic growth and achieve sustainable development goals”, His Excellence Hidemoto revealed.
Remegio Byamukama the head teacher of St. Mary’s College Rushoroza commended the Embassy of Japan for the support which he said has come at a time the school is grappling with inadequate science laboratory rooms. He said that the school that has an enrolment of 1467 has been using only two small rooms of the science laboratory.
“Looking at the enrolment, one can definitely notice the appalling situation, which was and the inconveniences we were facing in teaching and learning sciences, using only two small rooms of the science laboratory which we had. The number could not fit in the lab and effective teaching and learning could not be achieved”, Byamukama said.