health http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-3d290034474971902bb7a0431e4d102a.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The project worth over €11 million will include the construction and rehabilitation of classrooms, cure dormitories, dosage administration blocks, teachers’ houses, kitchens, latrines and rain-harvesting facilities in three primary schools in each of the seven districts. The schools will also receive solar power, beds, chairs, tables, water tanks, equipment, books and instructional materials.
Ireland’s Minister for Trade and Development Mr. Joe Costello TD, who was in Uganda for a 3 day visit, launched the project together with the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Museveni and the Minster for Education and Sports Jessica Alupo during a function at Loodoi Primary School in Napak District recently.
The function was also attended by the Irish Ambassador to Uganda Donald Cronin, the Director General of Irish Aid Brendan Rogers, Karamoja MPs, District leaders, officials from the Embassy of Ireland and Ministry of Education, head teachers, the community and school children from various schools in Karamoja.
Irish Minister Joe Costello TD who spoke of the strong partnership that has existed between the Irish Government and Uganda said they are proud to be the main sponsors of the Karamoja Primary Education project.
“The construction and rehabilitation of classrooms, dormitories, administration blocks, teachers’ houses, kitchens, latrines and rain-harvesting facilities will, I hope, play a considerable role in ensuring that the required infrastructure is there for your schools in Karamoja to produce the leaders of tomorrow”, he said
The Minister also conveyed the news that the Global Partnership for Education had granted Uganda $100 million for the next three years to support the education sector and hoped that it contributes to the provision of quality education for the nation’s youth.
He said that Ireland has always emphasized education because it is absolutely essential for giving people their freedom, liberating them and enabling them to move forward, build communities and the country.
He pledged that Ireland will continue supporting Karamoja and Uganda to ensure development.
Karamoja Affairs Minister First Lady Janet Museveni paid tribute to the government and people of Ireland for identifying with Karamoja and giving Uganda a supporting hand in its struggle to lift up the people of this region.
She informed the visitors that the people of Karamoja used to be very critical of education because it never gave their children any skills whatsoever to transform their way of life.
She lauded this thinking saying that education should really bring skills with it.
She reported that the Karimojong are now encouraged to educate their children because the NRM Government, which understands that education should be comprehensive so as to transform the country, mobilized them through the elders.
“We have been trying to ensure that the education Institutions in Karamoja are expanded to include boarding facilities so that children can stay at school till they finish, therefore this project we have launched will make this a reality”, she said.
Janet Museveni saluted the Irish Aid saying that Ugandans value and are grateful for the long time sincere friendship and cooperation which has helped provide vital services and has contributed to the transformation of Karamoja region.
She urged the Ministry of Education to join hands with her Ministry to effectively monitor the education programmes in Karamoja to ensure that they fully benefit the intended communities.
She also reminded the Local leaders in Karamoja to use the Retooling fund in their respective budgets to maintain the facilities being put up by Government and the development partners. “It will help if all of us work as a team and ensure that the support we receive from our development partners truly benefit those it is intended for”, Janet Museveni said.
The Mister for Education and Sports Jessica Alupo appreciated all the support the Republic of Ireland gives to the Education sector.
She said that the Karamoja Primary Education Project will help overcome the many obstacles in the Districts of Karamoja which make them lag behind in education success.
She said that through the provision of boarding facilities the Karamoja Primary Education Project will also be promoting girl child education.
Construction works will commence mid March 2014, Alupo said, and appealed to all stakeholders in Karamoja for maximum cooperation and ownership of the project.