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THE Japanese government on Monday signed a grant worth US$488,000 (sh888m) with six northern-based Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and community based organisations (CBOs) to support the education sector.
Japanese ambassador Ryuzo Kikuchi said the grant was meant to uplift the standards of living of people in the war-torn regions of Acholi, Lango and Teso.
Kikuchi said Japan had recently decided to channel funds directly to the NGOs and CBOs, starting with Gulu, Apac, Soroti and Kitgum districts.
â€œThis is the first time that Japan is extending considerable support to northern Uganda through NGOs and CBOs,â€ he said during the signing of the contract in Kampala.
He said although Japan would continue offering budget support to Uganda, more funds would be channelled to NGOs and CBOs.
The beneficiaries include Alliance High School-Soroti, Church of Uganda-Soroti Diocese, Ikweri Negri School for the disabled, Gulu Development Agency, Kitgum Vision College and Sacred Heart SS.
Kikuchi said Japan had extended aid by US$15m over the last year, mainly towards education.
â€œIn Japan, education has played a crucial role in the industrialisation and development of the country in the past 50 years. We feel that in order for Uganda to provide proper education to the younger generation that will soon determine the countryâ€™s destiny, there is an urgent need to ensure that they receive proper quality education,â€ he said.
Bishop Charles Obaikol of Soroti diocese hailed Japan for its â€œgreat contributionâ€.
Japan gives sh888m to North