Handover Ceremony for the Project for the Construction of a Learning Centre at St. Joseph College in Lusaka West District, Lusaka Province


     The handover ceremony of a newly constructed Learning Centre at St. Joseph College, took place on Tuesday, 9th April 2019. This marked the completion of “the Project for the Construction of a Learning Centre at St. Joseph College in Lusaka West District, Lusaka Province” with the funds provided by the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects by the Government of Japan.
     The ceremony was attended by Mr. Hidenobu Sobashima, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Rodgers Chisenga, Assistant Director of Education Board Services at Ministry of General Education, Her Royal Highness Senior Chieftainess Nknomeshya Mukamambo II, Mr. Paschal Chiluba, Senior Building Officer of Lusaka Provincial Education Office, Mr. Langson Chibuye, Chilanga Disrict Education Board Secretary, Sr. Nirmala Savarimuthu, Mission Superior and other members of Congregation of Immaculate Conception, the pupils and other invited guests, totaling about 200 people.
     Congregation of Immaculate Conception in Lusaka West currently accepts 126 pupils from preschool to grade 12, including those who dropped out near-by schools and those who are economically vulnerable, and having established St. Joseph College in 2010, provides vocational training, resulting in a total of about 50 trainees having obtained the certificate of completion of computer skill training from TEVETA. In addition, the College provides the computer access to about 140 pupils of near-by schools.
     However, a large number of young people in the Lusaka West are still in need of various education and training, and the people in the area have hoped that St. Joseph College would accept more children. Under the circumstances, Congregation of the Immaculate Conception requested for funds to construct a Learning Centre equipped with a lecture room, a computer room and a library, and the Government of Japan decided to extend up to US$ 88,888 for the project.  
With the completion of this project, the learning environment for the 126 pupils there has been improved, and about 500 pupils in the near-by schools will be able to have access to computer learning.
     To read the speech of Ambassador Sobashima, please click here.