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  • Members from China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) were out in full force on Labour Day (May 23) to work at the Sandhurst Early Childhood Development Centre in Kingston.
  • Business and Investment Manager for CHEC, Zhishuai Yao, told JIS News that the school is one of three institutions in St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew selected by the company for their Labour Day projects.
  • Labour Day activities were undertaken islandwide under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’.  Emphasis was placed on the installation of ramps in more than 100 schools to facilitate access to the ground floor, and fixing up and improving access to several health centres across Jamaica.   

Members from China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) were out in full force on Labour Day (May 23) to work at the Sandhurst Early Childhood Development Centre in Kingston.

This included the installation of five ramps at the street, classroom and restroom entrances; repair of the perimeter fence and painting of the school exterior.

Principal of the Sandhurst Early Childhood Development Centre, Merlene Reid, told JIS News that she is elated that the institution was selected for the improvement work.

“I thank China Harbour for selecting Sandhurst for their Labour Day project. The children will have a clean and safe environment in which to play and this will in turn, enhance learning,” she said.

Although the institution does not currently have any children with special needs enrolled, Ms. Reid said she welcomes the Government initiative that seeks to make educational institutions across the island accessible to these students.

“It is very important that we have ramps in schools, so they can have access to the classrooms. For the long term, we will not have to turn away children with physical disabilities,” she said.

Business and Investment Manager for CHEC, Zhishuai Yao, told JIS News that the school is one of three institutions in St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew selected by the company for their Labour Day projects.

“This school (Sandhurst) in particular was selected because it is close to our construction site on the Barbican Road that we are fixing now, so it is natural to assist them. I am hoping that after today, more work will be done in the communities to fulfil our social responsibility,” he said.

CHEC also undertook projects at Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School in St. Andrew, and at Ferry Basic School in St. Catherine.

The schools chosen have been directly impacted by road-improvement projects being undertaken by CHEC, including the Three Miles roundabout and Mandela Highway.

The main activities included construction of 13 ramps, painting of classrooms, refurbishing of playfields, drain cleaning and minor plumbing work.

This is in addition to a special $1-million donation made by CHEC to the national labour programme.

Labour Day activities were undertaken islandwide under the theme ‘Ramp it up…Fix it up’.  Emphasis was placed on the installation of ramps in more than 100 schools to facilitate access to the ground floor, and fixing up and improving access to several health centres across Jamaica.

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