The Republic of Burundi is under the jurisdiction of the Embassy of Japan in Rwanda

Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects 2012/2013



Handing Over Ceremony of the Nyagihotora Secondary School


27th February 2014


Matana, Bururi Province, Burundi

Project title

The Project for the Expansion of Nyagihotora Secondary School


USD 143,967


● Mr Mikio Mori, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Burundi

● Mr Astere Bizindavyi, administrator of Matana

● Mr Francois Ntiranyibagira, national coordinator of CEPBU

● Mr Philibert Nizigiyimana, director of Nyagihotora secondary school

● Mr Elie Ndikunko, pastor

● Remy Ndayikenguukiye, Mnistry of Education – Bururi Province Director

● Media : Iwacu and RTNB

● Parents and students

About 500 participants in total

Main activity

On the 27th February was held the handing over ceremony of the Nyagihotora Secondary School in Matana, Bururi Province. The school was expanded thanks to a Japanese Grant (GGP) of 143 967 US dollars given in February 2012.


Mr Mori, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Burundi, was welcomed by more than 500 students, parents, representatives of the local community and associations. The ceremony started by the cutting of the ribbon and a touring of the new facilities: an administration block, six classrooms, three staff houses and a toilet block. Before and in between the speeches, the guests were entertained by Burundi traditional drummers, dancers and a poetess.

The director of the school, the local administrator, the pastor and CEPBU association representative all expressed their sincere gratitude towards the government of Japan. Thanks to this project, more children will have access to education in a conducive learning environment in Matana district. Mr Mori started his speech by expressing his sincere condolences to the victims of the heavy floods which occurred in Bujumbura 3 weeks before. In solidarity with the people of Burundi, the government of Japan sent emergency relief goods worth 120 000 USD just after the tragedy. Mr Mori then congratulated the organization and local community upon the successful completion of the project. He encouraged the pupils and parents to take full advantage of these new facilities and the learning opportunities being made available to them.

After this, the representative of the Ministry of Education thanked the government of Japan and reminded all of the challenges that the country still faces in Education.

Mr Mori and CEPBU national coordinator unveiling a plaque


Mr Mori touring the facilities


Burundi traditional drummers on the left, one of the students reciting a poem


Mr Francois Ntiranyibagira, National coordinator of CEPBU Mr Mori, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Burundi