14 February 2013

Ghana: Japan Assists Princess Umul Hattiya Foundation

The Japanese Embassy in Ghana has signed a $217,239 grant agreement with the Princess Umul Hattiya Foundation, an NGO, for the improvement of the Basic Education facility in the Zuo Community in the Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region of Ghana.

The project, which would be implemented by the Foundation within a one year time frame, would comprise building a two-classroom Kindergarten block, a six-classroom block for the primary section, a head teacher's room and a staff common room.

It would also ensure the provision of separate rain water harvester systems for both the pre-school and the primary sections.

In addition to these, the project would also ensure the construction of a six-seater place of convenince comprising two unit's urinal each for both the pre-school and the primary sections, as well as provide furniture for the primary school.

The Deputy Head of Mission of the Japanese Embassy to Ghana, Mr Shigeru Hamano, said the contractor was also expected to demolish and clear the existing structure.

Mr Hamano commended the Foundation for taking the initiative to seek a better educational facility and also improve the learning environment for the pupils of the community.

He said the advantages of the grant, which is under the Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) Scheme, was its flexibility in allowing beneficiaries to come with their own proposals and peculiar needs.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Princess Umul Hattiya Ibrahim Mahama, thanked the Japanese Government and its Embassy in Ghana for the assistance and pledged to work hard to complete the project on schedule.

She said when completed the new edifice would replace the existing one which was established in 1984 and which could be described as a death trap due to the big cracks, with dilapidated roofing sheets which often exposed the pupils to the sun and the rain.

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