JICA to assess impact of Congolese influx on education in Zombo

Zombo Deputy RDC, Ms Grace Atim commissioning the motorcycle donated by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) towards the "PROCEED" Project as Zombo LC5 Chairman James Oyullu (R) looks on

Zombo, (UG):- Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is set to undertake a project dubbed ‘Proceed’ aimed at assessing the impact of the influx of Congolese on the education sector in Zombo District which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo in the west.

The project assessment will cover the district’s four primary schools namely; Oturgang Boys, Asina, Adusi and Ozorise all in close proximity to DR Congo and having a promising enrollment of learners who commute from Congo to access education and other services in Uganda are selected for the case study stages of the project.

The project is assigned to the district’s planning unit to ensure coordination and success of the pilot study stages of the project, as well as, dissemination and integration of recommendations from the findings of the project into the district  Development Plan to better management of the social services.

DailyExpress has learnt that the Japanese embassy has additionally provided the necessary original designs, objectives, research tools and above all a brand new Yamaha motorcycle for transportation and coordination of the project to ensure its success and implementation of interventions to combat the situation that is inelastically mounting pressure on facilities, human resources and finances to support the public schools bordering DR Congo.

 According to Mr Humphrey Nyipir, senior planner at Zombo DLG who is also the project’s focal point person, the project aims at creating a check and balance on the impact of the influx of Congolese on social services in the district.

“We are working with the Japanese government to identify the impacts of Congolese who come to Zombo and other parts of West Nile on services in these districts of West Nile and for us, in Zombo, we have been given education,” Mr Nyipir told DailyExpress in an exclusive interview.

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It is also worth noting that the district of Zombo is in the good books of JICA and the leaders are optimistic of other outstanding partnerships with the Japanese embassy and have expressed their willingness to absorb any project of the embassy.

Mr James Oyullu Oruna, LC5 Chairperson of Zombo called on the project focal point person to deliver his best to derive success and guard the acquired equipment of work such as the motorcycle.

“I am appealing to the focal point person to execute the project to the required standard so that they come and fully take over it I believe the motorcycle will support you in the administration of the project,” Oyullu emphasized during the commissioning of the motorcycle at the district headquarters on Thursday.

Ms Grace Atim, Deputy RDC Zombo district conquered with the case study on the impact of the influx of Congolese on social services in Uganda saying; “Zombo district is affected by the influx of refugees and non-refugees from Congo and they are not documented because of the relationship they share with the local Communities so they are easily absorbed in our communities.”

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Majority of the Ugandans and Congolese living along the borderlines have all acquired dual citizenship made easy because of the same ethnicity.

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