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Handover Ceremonies for the Japanese Grant Assistance Projects

From the 24th to the 27th of February 2014, five ceremonies handing over a school libraries, classrooms, a training centre and a dining hall for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children funded by the Government of Japan through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme was held in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan attended the ceremonies as follows:

1. Imfanelo Senior Primary School in Ekuvukeni (14:00 pm, Monday, 24th February)

Imfanelo Senior Primary School in Ekuvukeni - Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan Imfanelo Senior Primary School in Ekuvukeni - Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan


Imfanelo Senior Primary School is located in Ekuvukeni. Imfanelo has students ranging from Grade 5 to Grade 7, with the total number of students being just under 400. There is a high unemployment rate in the area, therefore the parents of the students have little to no income, and are heavily dependent on social grant aid.
The school has no access to a proper library in the surrounding area. The Government of Japan therefore decided to support this school through grant assistance amounting to R599 497.50 for the construction of a school library. The library has aided with providing an area in which the students can have access to further information which will improve the general learning environment for the learners, giving them greater access to education in a rural part of the country. Furthermore, the library will provide much needed space for extra-curricular activities.

2. Fahlaza Primary School (08:30 am, Tuesday, 25th February)

Fahlaza Primary School - Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan


Fahlaza Primary School is located near Nquthu. The school was established in 1962. Fahlaza has students ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 7, with the total number of students being just under 300. There is a high unemployment rate in the area, therefore the parents of the students have little to no income, and are heavily dependent on social grant aid. The school has no access to a proper library in the surrounding area, and the state of the classrooms was in deep disrepair.
The Government of Japan decided to support this school through grant assistance amounting to R566 605.82 for the construction of a school library, renovations of classrooms and a toilet block. The new, as well as the renovated constructions, have aided with providing an area in which the students can have access to further information as well as dealing with the issue of overcrowded classrooms. This has improved the general learning environment for the learners, giving them greater access to education in a rural part of the country.

3. Bhekuzulu Self Sufficiency Project (12:30pm, Tuesday, 25th February)

Bhekuzulu Self Sufficiency Project - Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan


Bhekuzulu Self Sufficiency Project is located in Bhekuzulu. Bhekuzulu was established in 2001, in order to provide a fully integrated community centre for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, particularly those who are infected or affected by HIV within the uThukela District Municipality. The aim of the project is to provide a dining hall in order to facilitate a feeding scheme aimed directly at the children in need. The feeding scheme provides two meals a day before and after school. It also provides food parcels for those who are located further away from the community centre.
The Government of Japan decided to support Bhekuzulu Self Sufficiency Project through grant assistance amounting to R506 091.68. The dining hall has provided a space in which to foster and grow the feeding scheme in the area, as well extended space for the community centre to facilitate its daily duties.

4. Siyabhabha Trust (09:00am, Wednesday, 26th February)

Siyabhabha Trust  - Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan


The Siyabhabha Trust was established in 2004. The mission of the trust is based in economic empowerment of marginalized citizens. The Siyabhabha trust has numerous projects located locally and internationally. This project in particular was for the construction of a training centre in Eshowe, in order to scale up the development and economic activities for rural crafters and small entrepreneurs from the uMlalazi local municipality.
The Government of Japan decided to support the Siyabhabha Trust through grant assistance amounting to R1 018 224.50. The training centre has provided a space in which to foster and grow the endeavours of the local crafters and entrepreneurs in the area, as well as to expand their abilities to master their craft, share their knowledge, and take steps in furthering their ability to be self-sufficient economically.

5. John Wesley Kosi Bay Private School (09:00am, Thursday, 27th February)

John Wesley Kosi Bay Private School - Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan John Wesley Kosi Bay Private School - Mr Shigeki Omura, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan


The John Wesley Kosi Bay Private School is located in Kosi Bay. The school was established in 2000. John Wesley Kosi Bay Private School has students ranging from Grade R to Grade 10, with the total number of students being just under 700. There is a high unemployment rate in the area. The school was experiencing overcrowding in their classroom, due to the isolated location of the school.
The Government of Japan decided to support this school through grant assistance amounting to R508 433.34 for the construction of classrooms. The new classrooms have aided with the issue of overcrowding as well as providing teachers with the ability to give better quality tuition to smaller classes, which will improve the general learning environment for the learners, giving them greater access to education in a rural part of the country. Furthermore, the classrooms will provide much needed space for extra-curricular activities.

Education and economic empowerment are some of the priority areas for the Government of Japan in its extension of GGP assistance to South Africa. The GGP is intended to assist NGOs and local authorities in addressing development needs in a prompt and comprehensive manner in areas such as education, health, water supply, climate change and in a variety of other local needs. The GGP scheme was first introduced in 1989, and prioritizes human security for vulnerable and marginalised people within society. Since 1990, 562 GGP projects have been implemented in South Africa. In the Japanese Fiscal Year 2012 (April 2011–March 2012), the Embassy of Japan extended GGP assistance to 11 projects, amounting to approximately R8 500 000.00.


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