Signing Ceremony held on the Project for Construction of New Community School Building at Destiny Community Center in Chingola District
On 15th August, the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Akio EGAWA, presented on behalf of the Government of Japan, a Grant amounting to 112, 211 United States Dollars, or approximately 540 Million Zambia Kwacha to Destiny Community Centre to facilitate the implementation of The Project for Construction of a New Community School Building.
The Grant has been provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects. This scheme was introduced in Zambia in 1990 and its primary objective is to support various development and human security projects at grassroots level. Approximately 140 projects have been implemented around Zambia since its inception.
Destiny Community Centre in Chingola has been providing primary education to the orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Kapisha and Soweto compounds since 2008. The population in both areas is about 20,000 in total but there are only a few schools. Consequently many children cannot access primary education because of physical capacity of existing schools or economical reasons.
Destiny Community Centre was founded to address the urgent challenge. However, the efforts to provide education to the children have been hampered by the poor condition of their classrooms. Currently, a small church building is being used as the school building. It has no walls inside and is overcrowded. The pupils also lack desks and chairs to write and sit on during classes. Despite all these challenges, Destiny Community Centre has been making commendable efforts in ensuring that the OVCs have an opportunity to get quality education like other children.
It is in appreciation of the efforts being made by Destiny Community Centre in Chingola that the Government of Japan decided to support The Project for Construction of a New Community School Building. The funds provided will, specifically, be used for the construction of a 1x 5 classroom block, an ablution block with a borehole and for the purchase of 80 sets of desks and benches.
It is hoped that the construction of the school and provision of related facilities will provide children with a good environment for them to acquire the much needed education because primary education is key in ensuring that the citizenry of any country is literate.
Japan is faced with unprecedented challenges caused by the earthquake and tsunami. However, the Japanese nation is now all united together and the Government and people of Japan are making all possible efforts to overcome this difficult situation. Despite the current situation, the Government of Japan remains committed to cooperating for the economic and social development of Zambia.
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