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Additional facilities which were built by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), at the Cacoon All-age School in western Hanover, was officially handed over to the school’s administration on October 5.
The project was carried out at a cost of approximately $9.5 million, and involved constructing and equipping a kitchen, relocating and equipping a classroom, constructing sanitary facilities, and painting of the school building. The contribution of the JSIF amounted to $8.6 million, while the community’s input through the Cacoon All-age School Parent Teachers Association (PTA), was valued at approximately $900,000.
Delivering the main address at the handing over ceremony, Operations Manager at JSIF, Omar Sweeney, underscored the importance of education to the development of the individual and the future of the nation, emphasizing that education was one of the key strategies that the JSIF used to fulfill its mandate of poverty alleviation.
He said it was that in mind, that the JSIF placed so much emphasis on the rehabilitation, construction, sanitation, equipping and fencing of basic, primary and all-age schools located in underserved communities.
“Evidence of this can be seen in the fact that of the 898 projects approved, 384 are school projects. These school projects reflect a monetary investment of over $1. 3 billion, which is over 60 per cent of our total budget spent,” he pointed out.
The Operations Manager urged the community members to protect the investment in the school.
Approximately 237 students and eight teachers will benefit from the expansion and rehabilitation project.