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The Enhancement of Basic Schools Project, a programme under the Ministry of Education and Youth, is slated to receive some $120 million to continue its work during the 2006/2007 financial year.
The money has been allocated in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives, by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. Omar Davies today (April 12).
The project, which was initiated in April 2002 and will run until September 2006, is geared towards enabling the optimal learning and development of young children.
Funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Education and Youth, up to February 2006, achievements made by the project included the establishment of a project implementation unit; collection and analysis of baseline data; the completion of island wide sensitisation workshops on new learning environment; completion of National Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) assessors’ training for 81 education officers, and the completion of NCTVET Level Two training for 480 early childhood practitioners.
For the 2006/2007 year period, the anticipated physical targets of the Enhancement of Basic School Project are to: complete the construction and renovation of the Hope Village and Yallahs Basic schools; commence construction at the D.R.B Grant Basic School and Resource Centre; complete pre-construction work for four basic schools, one infant department and four centres, and determine the registration status of 2,500 Early Childhood institutions.