Signing Ceremony for the Project for the Project for the Construction of a Learning Centre at St. Joseph College in Lusaka West, Lusaka Province under Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects
On 2nd February 2018, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, and Sr. Nirmala Savarimuthu, Mission Superior of Congregation of the Immaculate Conception (Zambia) (CIC), signed a grant contract amounting to up to 88,888 US Dollars, or approximately 880 thousand Zambian Kwacha, for the implementation of a project of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, “the Construction of a Learning Centre at St. Joseph College in Lusaka West, Lusaka Province”.
St. Joseph College established by CIC in 2010, which currently accepts about 70 students who quit near-by schools, had a total of about 50 graduates from the College obtain the certificates of completion of vocational training. In addition, as the College lets the pupils at near-by schools use its computers, about 140 such pupils obtain the certificates of completion of primary school education annually.
However, Lusaka West area has a huge population of young people who are in need of various education and training. Under the circumstances, CIC prepared a plan for constructing a Learning Centre equipped with a lecture room, a computer room, and a library, at the College in order to improve its study environment and accept more children, and requested the Government of Japan to fund its construction.
When completed, the College will have a better study environment for its students there, and will be able to accept about 200 additional children, as well as about 500 pupils studying at near-by primary schools will be able to use the computers of the College to obtain the certificates of completion of primary school education.
To read the speech made by Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia at this ceremony, please click here.