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The Cacoon All Age School in Western Hanover will undergo major expansion and renovation works within the next three months, with the signing of a $6.7 million on Thursday, February 3.
The contract signing took place at the school, between representatives of the institution, the Parent Teachers Association (PTA), the contractor Gabe Designers and Contractors Company Limited, and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) the financiers of the project.
The scope of the work to be carried out involves the construction and equipping of a kitchen, the relocation and equipping of a classroom, construction of sanitary facilities with the necessary proper drainage, and general painting of the existing school building.
In addressing the ceremony, Internal Auditor at JSIF, Carol Perry underscored the importance of education to the future development of the country, adding that it was a part of the process of preparing the future leaders of the country.
“We are all aware that education is very important for the survival of our nation. In recognizing this, the JSIF is cognizant of the need for our children to be taught in structures, which are conducive to learning. Education will enable these students to become upstanding, responsible citizens, who will in the future take over the reign of Jamaica’s development,” she stated.
Mrs. Perry described the nation’s children as the most precious resource of the country, emphasizing that with the advent of globalization, they needed to get the best preparation to be able to compete on at the international level.
“As such, I want to encourage the students, that you are to do your best, and be the best that you can be,” she urged.
Mrs. Perry implored parents to play their part in providing the necessary support in the home, and to ensure that their children heeded the teachings and advice of their teachers.
Education Officer in Region four of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, Mrs. Hyacinth Stern, in her address at the ceremony, commended JSIF for its collaboration and cooperation with the Ministry of Education towards improving the Teacher/Learning environment at several institutions throughout the parish of Hanover. She made special mention of JSIF’s efforts at the early childhood level, pointing out that the Fund had built several early childhood institutions throughout the parish.
The present two-storey building occupied by the Cacoon All Age School was constructed in 1973, on lands leased from the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman. The school has a population of approximately 270 students and eight teachers including the Principal. It is located approximately six miles from the parish capital, Lucea.

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