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  • The donation will go towards improvement works at the institution
  • The money represents proceeds from the Japan-Latin American and Caribbean Ladies Association 2012 Charity Bazaar
  • Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High is one of the schools that the Ministry is considering to introduce an infant department

The Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High School in St. Andrew has benefited from US$6,000 in donation, which will go towards improvement works at the institution.

The money, which represents proceeds from the Japan-Latin American and Caribbean Ladies Association 2012 Charity Bazaar, was presented to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Margaret Jobson.

Expressing gratitude for the assistance, during a brief handing over ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs New Kingston offices on July 31, Mrs. Foster Allen said the contribution will help in improving the conditions at the school.

“I am very happy that the school has been assisted,” she added.

Chief Education Officer in the Education Ministry, Grace McLean, informed that coming out of conversations with representatives from the Japan Embassy, a decision was taken to assist the school, which she said, “is in need of general maintenance repairs.”

“We had sent posters and pictures of the school and of students doing different (activities) in their classes,” she informed.

She said that Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High is one of the schools that the Ministry is considering to introduce an infant department. “They would require some support to ensure that, that area is refurbished for those students, who will be coming in”…we have not made any specific arrangements as to how the funds will be used because we wanted to get it first,” she informed.

Mrs. McLean said that assessments have already been undertaken as it pertains to the repairs needed for the upcoming school year, which begins in September.

In her remarks, Ms. Jobson pointed out that frequent updates on the use of the funds will be sent to the Embassy, including photographs, so that the information can be reported back to the contributors.

The school, which caters to approximately 400 students, is located in the Olympic Gardens community.