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Jones Town Church of God Basic School refurbished

Jamaica Information Service | 2016-06-28 00:00:00

The 142 students enrolled at the Jones Town Church of God Basic School in St. Andrew now have an improved learning environment following upgrades carried out at the institution.

The school, which was previously operating in cramped conditions due to overcrowding and inadequate space, was refurbished at a cost of $26 million under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF’s) Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP III).

The fully equipped upgraded school was officially handed over during a ceremony at the Jones Town Church of God on June 17.

In attendance was Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Robert Miller who commented that the opening of a new or expanded school plant represents an increase in the opportunities for education.

“The Ministry anticipates that these new facilities will rebound in an improvement in teaching and learning outcomes,” Mr. Miller said.

Managing Director of JSIF, Omar Sweeney said that through the project, his organization continues its thrust to improve the educational outcomes for children in underserved communities.

In the meantime, Mr. Sweeney informed that a training component was added to the project to ensure the proper maintenance and use of the school building. Training was provided to community leaders and the management of the school in maintenance and disaster preparedness.

The Managing Director went on to thank the European Union (EU) for the provision of grant funding to carry out the project under PRP III which seeks to improve the quality of life for Jamaicans in vulnerable communities. 
For his part, Head of Co-operation, European Union Delegation, Jésus Baguena said the EU views the refurbishment of the basic school as a valid investment in the people of Jamaica.

“Our engagement here demonstrates the priority that we attach to education, and improving the socio-economic conditions in disadvantaged and volatile communities,” he said.

Member of Parliament for St. Andrew Southern, Dr. Omar Davies; and Councillor, Admiral Town Division, Marcia Neita expressed gratitude for the project which will enhance the delivery of early childhood education in the community.

Works under the project included the construction of three classrooms, and bathroom facilities for teachers and students.  A kitchen with adequate storage area, administrative area, sick bay, drinking fountain, and play area were also constructed.

Water storage tanks were also provided, as well as perimeter fencing, and a sewer and drainage system.

In addition, with the upgraded facilities, the school is now compliant with the Early Childhood Commission’s (ECC) building standards.

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