16 October 2009
|To express their joy, pupils performed songs and traditional dances which were joined by the dignitaries.|
The handing over ceremony was attended by over 1,300 people including government officials of different capacities, chair persons of various school bodies, leaders such as the local chief and the women’s representative, district education officials and over 600 school children. The celebration started with a prayer of blessing by the parish priest, Monsignor Julious Idda. “I ask every member of this community to pray for peace in our country and protection for our people,” he said at the end of the prayer.
After the school choir had sung a welcome song, various speeches followed. On behalf of the local community, the district education officer and the local chief expressed their appreciation for the construction of the school which was founded in 1947 and was managed by the community until it became a government school in 1974. During the civil war it was completely destroyed and had operated in temporary structures since 2007 when people returned from exile. As a sign of their appreciation the community representatives donated two goats to JRS and the local contractor. “We promise to work hand in hand with JRS to improve performance,” they said as they concluded their speech.
On behalf of JRS, Project Director Mr. Mauro Weber thanked the community
and government officials at various levels for their cooperation. “I encourage
you to make the maximum use of the new building and to sustain it well,” he
A new building for a bright future
The Director-General of the
Those attending the ceremony were excited about the new building which is also a symbol of peace for the community of Iriya. To express their joy, pupils performed songs and traditional dances which were joined by the dignitaries.
In Pageri District, there are only four more primary schools that operate in permanent structures. Two more are not yet completed.
JRS has been present in Nimule since 1997 providing educational services and training teachers. Through the construction of permanent classroom blocks JRS helps build school infrastructure. Currently, the organisation supports 25 primary and three secondary schools.