ICELAND PROJECT

Launch Namayingo District Development Plan(NDDP)

Over the years, Namayingo district has been grappling with challenges in Education sector, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Many children have abondoned school to engage in fishing, and petty businesses while others drop out due to poor infrustructural development, lack of safe water, poor sanitation facilities, early marriage, teenage pregnancies and failure to maintain menstrual hygiene.

The government of Iceland launched a project dubbed Namayingo district development programme for fishing communities (NDDP- FC) aimed at enhancing education and improving access to water, sanitation and Hygiene in the fishing communities.

Speaking during the launch at the district headquarters, the Iceland ambassador H.E Thordis Sigur Dardottir said the programme is aimed at reducing poverty and facilitating improvements in the livelihood and living conditions of the poor population in the fishing communities of the district.

The programme, worth USD eight (8) million will be implemented through education project and economic empowerment of fishing communities focusing on women and youth projects as well as implementing plans on general capacity building support to the district.

The district chairperson, Ronald Sanya commended the Iceland government for designing a programme addressing the specific challenges affecting children in the fishing communities in accessing quality education.

The Member of Parliament for Bukhooli Islands, Peter Okeyoh, says this holistic approach of the planned intervention will help the vulnerable children in the fishing communities meet a full range of needs.

Anthony Namara, the commissioner in charge of Local Economic development in the ministry of Local Government who represented the permanent secretary pledged total support to enable development.

The Chief Administrative Officer, Edith Namayega, said that the support is geared towards the construction of classrooms, staff houses, putting in place WASH facilities, renovation of classrooms blocks, construction of education administration block and capacity building of members of institutional governing bodies and employees of Namayingo district.

During the launch, the head of mission officiated the ground breaking for the construction of education administration block. She also officially handed over three ( 3) vehicles (two double cabins and staff van) and eight (8) motoycles to help in the project implementation.