HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF EARTHQUAKE IN KAGERA REGION
- Reference: P-TZ-KZ0-001
- Approval date: 12/01/2017
- Start date: 12/01/2018
- Appraisal Date: 29/11/2016
- Status: OngoingOnGo
- Implementing Agency: OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER
- Location: KAGERA REGION, TANZANIA
Kagera region was hit by an earthquake, which had a devastating impact on the education sector. Two Secondary Schools were completely destroyed, and more than 700 classrooms were damaged, affecting the capacity of available learning spaces in 220 schools. Also, sanitary facilities, school offices, teachers' houses and dormitories were demolished. Given the magnitude of the disaster, and its consequences and the insufficient financial resources to manage it, the Government of Tanzania requested for assistance from the Bank to avert the crisis. The proposed emergency assistance will focus on the restoration of badly damaged infrastructure, including classses, latrines, teachers' houses and school offices in 15 schools. The operation will contribute to the restoration of normalcy in learning activities, and help in minimizing interruptions in the school calendar.
To meet urgent needs of primary school pupils and secondary school students in the earthquake affected areas, and restore normalcy in the learning
According to the needs assessment carried out jointly by the Government, UN Agencies and NGOs, the Authorities continue to face huge challenge in meeting the priority needs of the victims of the earthquake. Education sector was affected the most, and urgent support is needed to restore normalcy in learning for more than 20,000 pupils and students in primary and secondary schools which were badly damaged by the earthquake. Although the Government has received about US$ 7 million (in cash, pledges and materials) to respond to the needs of the earthquake victims, preliminary estimates suggest that, about US$ 20 million is needed for emergency shelter assistance, while education sector alone will need about US$ 30 million to restore the damaged school infrastructure.
The proposed emergency assistance is justified on the grounds that it fulfills the three criteria required to qualify for the Bank Group emergency relief assistance, namely;
(i) the emergency situation is of the a scale which is beyond the capacity of the government of Tanzania and its agencies
(ii) the proposed activities can be carried out expeditiously and effectively within the required time frame and
(iii) that the emergency relief assistance aims at restoring a degree of normalcy in both social and economic life of affected population as quickly as possible.
The proposed emergency assistance aims to meet urgent needs of primary school pupils and secondary school students in the earthquake affected areas, and restore normalcy in the learning activities. The Bank's emergency assistance will focus on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of classrooms, offices, Teachers' houses and latrines that have been badly affected by the earthquake in 15 schools. The Bank support will complement the ongoing efforts by the Government, UN Agencies and NGOs to restore the education infrastructure, and minimize disruptions in the school calendar.
CHARLE Prosper - RDGE2