Ambassador Takeda and Mr. Motlogelwa Thuso, Council Secretary - North West District Council
Ambassador Takeda and Ms. Taboka Rotsi, Executive Coordinator, Bana Ba Letsatsi Trust
Ambassador Takeda and the guests from Ministry of Basic Education, Ministry of International Affairs & Cooperation, North West District Council and Bana Ba Letsatsi Trust
On Thursday 31st October 2019, the Government of Japan, through the Embassy of Japan in Botswana, has donated US$ 83,455 to North West District Council for Construction of Mohembo East Primary School. The Grant Contract was concluded and signed between the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Kozo Takeda and Mr. Motlogelwa Thuso, Council Secretary - North West District Council. On the same day, the Government of Japan, through the Embassy of Japan in Botswana, has also donated US$ 75,110 to Bana Ba Letsatsi Trust for the Construction of Bana Ba Letsatsi Rehabilitation Centre. The Grant Contract was concluded and signed between the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Mr. Kozo Takeda and Ms. Taboka Rotsi, Executive Coordinator, Bana Ba Letsatsi Trust at the signing ceremony held at the Embassy.
Currently, there is no primary school in Mohembo village, and children are walking to the nearest school that is located 12 km from their home every day. This would make them get very tired and have difficulty in concentrating with their study at school.
As for Bana Ba Letsatsi Rehabilitation Centre, they are providing comprehensive services to orphans and vulnerable children in various forms such as counselling, education and skills training. Unfortunately, those children who are in need of such services are large in number. One of the concerns we learnt was that the centre has to conduct education session for different levels of pupils in one class room due to the limited space. It must be challenging for the children to keep their concentration.
Ambassador Takeda stated that the government of Botswana is making an effort to improve educational environment for all children, and he is very happy to contribute to such an initiative to provide educational opportunity for all. He believes that improved educational environment, through construction of Primary School and rehabilitation centre, will enhance their motivation for learning and promote their hope for the future.
The Government of Japan's Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) is a grant scheme which supports projects addressing social problems and/or aiming at community development at the grass-roots level.