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Japan Embassy Commissions UGX 337 Million Classroom Blocks in Arua

Kitamura Yoshinori the head of economic cooperation Embassy of Japan with local leaders talk to pupils in the newly constructed classroom on Tuesday.

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The Embassy of Japan in Uganda has commissioned two newly constructed and furnished classroom blocks at Ewava primary school in Arua district.

The Ugx 337 million Assistance for grassroots Human Security Project grant covered two classroom blocks, five stance latrine and furniture for the classrooms.

Ewava primary school in Vurra County Arua district with over 1250 learners and 24 teachers had only 8 classrooms which were not enough for the learners, forcing the lower classes to be pilled in hundreds in a single classroom.

Kitamura Yoshinori, the head of economic cooperation Embassy of Japan while commissioning the facilities at Ewava primary school on Tuesday explained that they had to intervene and ensure that a more enabling learning environment is created for the pupils and the teachers.

He added that the grant is to boost the efforts of poor countries like Uganda to realize economic growth and achieve a sustainable development goals. 

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Meanwhile, Newton Odipiyo, the head teacher of Ewava PS commended the Embassy of Japan for the support which he said has come at a time the school is grappling with inadequate and poor infrastructure.

He said the project has now reduced the ratio of pupils to classroom and toilet from 145 to 89 pupils per classroom, which he said is a stride in the positive direction. He however expressed dismay over lack of a fence around the new structures and electricity to enhance use of ICT facilities in the school, which he says need to be addressed quickly. 

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According to Joachim Ozimati the PTA chairman Ewava PS, the project will help revive the past glory of the school which has produced important civil servants over the past years.   // Cue in; This was one of.…Cue out; problems of the school…." //  

Henry Wadri, the acting District Education Officer, Arua district urged the parents, pupils and teachers to make proper use of the new facility and guard it jealously from wrong elements who may want to vandalize it.

Similar projects have also been implemented by the Japanese Embassy in Aripea, Terego district. Some of these include Eruba primary school unit for the Deaf and Adumi health Center four in Ayivu and Ekarakafe primary school in Vurra County.