Donation of Books about Japan to the Ambassador of the Czech Republic


          On 25th February 2019, Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia handed over books about Japan to Mr. Radek Rubes, Ambassador of Czech Republic to Zambia in the presence of representatives from UNDP, JICA and Caritas Czech Republic (NGO), at his residence. Ambassador Rubes requested Caritas to have the books ready by the pupils of the Primary School in its library which Caritas built and maintains in Mayukwayukwa Refugee Settlement, Kaoma District in Western Province.
          Ambassador Sobashima expressed his sincere condolences to Caritas and the Government of Czech Republic on the untimely demise of Ms. Tea Tihounova, previous Head of Caritas Zambia at the beginning of his speech. Then he appreciated Caritas for its education at Mayukwayukwa Primary School in the Refugee Settlement and construction of a library for the school. He also introduced Japan’s assistance to refugees through financial contributions to UN agencies among other contributions. Ambassador Sobashima expressed his confidence that the books would contribute to enriching the education of children in Mayukwayukwa, and congratulated the cooperation between Japan and the Czech Republic for Zambia. He also proposed to renew the commitment of all stakeholders including those present there then, to address issues of refugees and former refugees.
          Expressing his appreciation to Ambassador Sobashima, Ambassador Rubes stated that he had requested Caritas to utilize the books handed over by Ambassador Sobashima in the library in Mayukwayukwa Primary School. Furthermore, Ambassador Rubes mentioned building upon this achievement that Czech Republic wished to discuss further collaboration with the Government of Japan and JICA. Mr Basilio, Head of Caritas Zambia introduced that Caritas had been active in Zambia since 2013 in such fields as maternal and child health, and support to refugees, thanked the donation of the books from Japan and expressed the hope that  Caritas would continue cooperation with the Government of Japan and JICA. That was followed by a presentation on the building and present situation of the library in Mayukwayukwa Primary School by a member of Caritas. According to Caritas, the library is the first and only primary school library in the entire Kaoma District at present.