The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the European Union (EU) on Thursday (August 12), signed a contract valued at approximately $40 million for the construction of the new Albion Basic School in Montego Bay, St. James.
Of this cost, the community located in the North Western St. James constituency, is expected to contribute some $10 million in sweat equity to the successful completion of the project. At the end of the construction period of four months, some 38 early childhood students and four teachers are expected to be housed in a fully equipped three – classroom institution with kitchen and sanitary convenience and play areas.
Guest speaker at the signing ceremony for a $40 million contract to construct the Albion Basic School in Albion Heights, Montego Bay, Rev. Edgar Bennett, addresses the function. The signing was held yesterday on August 12 at the school.
In addressing the signing ceremony at the Albion Moravian Church in Albion Heights, General Manager of Technical Services at the JSIF, Omar Sweeney said that the bulk of the organisation’s investments of some $500 million in St. James have been in education.
“I must make reference to the Provincial Elders Conference of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Grand Cayman Islands otherwise called the PE, for their contribution of the land on which the school will be constructed. I want to encourage the sponsors and wider community to work closely with the contractors to ensure that the work is carried out to the highest standards,” Mr. Sweeney pointed out.
“And also to make a commitment to work together and to maintain the school’s facilities and ensure that future generations of students are able to benefit from this improvement project,” the General Manager added.
General Manager of Technical Services at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Omar Sweeney, (Centre) signs the contract for construction of the Albion Basic School in Albion Heights, Montego Bay. The signing for the $40 million contract was held on August 12 at the school’s location. Looking on from right are: Secretary of the Albion Basic School Board, Mrs. C. Keith; Principal, Mrs. Grace Lyttle Gordon; and Mrs. Ivel Mc.Lean of the Social Development Commission.
Head of Economics and Social Development at the EU, Helen Jenkinson said that she was happy that the project was going ahead and expressed the hope that it would make learning easier and play time more enjoyable for the 17 boys and 21girls.
“What we have here is a programme to improve education facilities in this area. The project is about enhancing access to better infrastructure but the essential point here is you children, are the future of society. It is therefore important that you are given the best foundation available for education and otherwise. The EU is therefore pleased to see any initiative which invests in the future of children and we would support them materially when possible,” Ms. Jenkinson said.
Principal of Albion Basic School Mrs. Grace Lyttle Gordon addresses participants at the official signing of a $40 million contract to construct a new basic school for the community in Albion Heights. The signing took place on August 12 at the school.
Guest speaker at the ceremony, Rev. Edgar Bennett, called on all leaders and supporters of the development of children to assume their responsibilities and work together in order for the project to be successful.
“It is going to depend largely on all of us working together as a community so that all of this that we are continuing for the educational development of our children will be realized as they are prepared for the future,” Rev. Bennett urged.