JIS News

The Cambridge Infant School in St. James has been expanded at a cost of $3.6 million, provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The school was handed over on Friday, May 6. More than $100 million has now been spent by the Fund on educational projects in the parish. The project, which began in November 2004, included the construction of two additional classrooms, sanitary conveniences, the purchase of furniture for the newly constructed classrooms and fencing of the compound.
Operations Manager at JSIF, Omar Sweeney, in his address, said his organization was steadfast in its support for education. He pointed out that the money for implementation of the project was made available by a European Union (EU) grant.
He praised the Cambridge community and its Benevolent Society for spearheading the infant school project and seeing to its completion.
The Operations Manager pointed out that to date, the agency has completed over 500 projects islandwide, representing an investment of over $1 .9 billion. Mr. Sweeney appealed to residents of Cambridge to continue to protect their investment, which manifested itself in time, labour and money in the new look facility.
Member of Parliament for South St. James, Derrick Kellier, commended the Cambridge Benevolent Society for pioneering the project, adding that it was time for more people to realize that the development of themselves and their communities was a responsibility that rested directly on their own shoulders. He also praised the JSIF for its efforts at poverty eradication within south St. James, naming six other school projects that it has completed within that area.
The Cambridge Infant School has approximately 202 students and nine members of staff, and serves several communities within a three-mile radius of the school.

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