- The support is part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), a scheme administered by the Embassy of Japan to support community development projects to uplift the life of people at the grassroots.
- So far, a total of 245 projects have been funded under the scheme since its initiation in Uganda in 1992
Agago- With the shift by Ministry of Education to equip and putting more emphasis on Science subjects, Akwang Secondary school in Agago district has received a boost with construction of Shs 280 million laboratory.
Some of the rural schools especially, have had difficulty in equipping their laboratories. This made the school administrators to make the students sit for science practical papers in another school that has them. This has impacted negatively on the academic performance of the students.
Now, the Embassy of Japan government constructed and equipped the science laboratory block in Akwang Secondary School in Agago district.
The grant was used for the construction of a four-room science laboratory block, procurement of furniture and science equipment. The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, Kazuaki Kameda officiated over the hand over of the laboratory to the school administration.
“The Project for the Construction of a Science Laboratory Block at Akwang Secondary School in Agago district was signed between the Embassy of Japan and Akwang Secondary School in 27th January 2016 with a total grant of over Shs 280 million.”
Akwang Secondary School is located in Paimol Sub-county and was established in 2006 as a government aided school, which at that time had 683 students and 24 teachers.
The government in 2007 set biology, chemistry, and physics as compulsory subjects, Akwang Secondary School lacked a science laboratory, which made it difficult for the school to carry out practical examination by UNEB (Uganda National Examination Board).
The Embassy of Japan decided to fund the project which constructed a new science laboratory block with four rooms for chemistry, biology, physics, and agriculture as well as procured furniture and science equipment.
Japan, steadily promoting ownership of and partnership with African countries through Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) process, is committed to assisting the countries effort for boosting economic growth, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and consolidating peace and good governance in Africa.