Rwanda peacekeepers (RWANBATT49) serving under African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation (UNAMID) in North Darfur, on 11th October 2017, inaugurated and handed over new constructed classrooms to EL SIREAF High Secondary School for Girls.
The school is located at EL SIREAF Locality, in Northern Darfur and the humanitarian project by the Rwandan Peacekeepers comprise of construction of a fence (120mx90m), one block of two classrooms, two latrines, four rehabilitated classrooms and an administration office. The school has now, after the project, a capacity to accommodate over 400 students.
The project was sponsored by UNAMID and implemented by Rwanda Peacekeepers deployed in Sector North Darfur as part of the Mission’s Quick Impact Projects programme.
In his remarks, the Guest of Honor Mr ABDOMAJID Mohammed, representative from State Ministry of education, appreciated the great effort by Rwanda peacekeepers who constructed and rehabilitated the EL SIREAF High Secondary School for Girls. He stressed that “We ensure you that we will maintain this work for coming generation to be a symbol of peace and love between people of Sudan and Rwandans” he said.
The UNAMID Head of Office Sector North, Mrs SUNAINA Lowe, who presided over the inauguration and handover ceremony commended the courage and effort of Rwanda Peacekeepers and its significant contribution and sustained commitment to the UN Peacekeeping operations.
On behalf of the Rwanda Peacekeepers, CO RWANBATT49, Lt Col David MUSIRIKARE, said that the project is very useful because the existing school was old and also mentioned that it was a challenge for the school administration to manage the security of the school especially the movement of students and other people entering inside without control. “This project will positively impact both the local community and UNAMID; it will also employ people settled in the area reducing the security threat to the school beneficiaries”, Lt Col David MUSIRIKARE said.
The handover ceremony was attended by delegations from the Government of Sudan, UNAMID officials, peacekeepers and local communities.