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  • A sum of $68 million has been allocated to the Japanese Grassroots Project for the 2019/20 fiscal year.
  • The objectives of the project include the provision of additional classroom spaces and canteen facilities; upgrading of school infrastructure, including water harvesting and sanitation; and the purchase of two school buses.
  • Details have been outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

A sum of $68 million has been allocated to the Japanese Grassroots Project for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

The objectives of the project include the provision of additional classroom spaces and canteen facilities; upgrading of school infrastructure, including water harvesting and sanitation; and the purchase of two school buses.

Details have been outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

For 2019/2020 the targets are completion of infrastructure at Black River High and Fair Prospect; water harvesting and sanitation at Iris Gelly Primary; and purchase of school buses for Lyssons and New Forrest Primary.

Up to December 2018, 90 per cent of the sub-project’s goals of the overall initiative were achieved. These include construction of classrooms to alleviate overcrowding in primary schools and the upgrading of facilities, canteens, drainage systems and garbage disposal at Epworth Primary School in St. Ann; Highgate Primary and Junior High School in St. Mary; Oracabessa Primary School in St. Mary; Buff Bay Primary School and Fair Prospect Primary School in Portland; Middleton Primary School in St. Thomas; Iris Gelly Primary School in St. Andrew; Zion Hill Primary School and Campbell’s Castle in Manchester; and Black River High School in St. Elizabeth.

The Government will provide $17.27 million for the project, while $50.73 will be granted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Initially, the project was slated to last from September 2017 to March 2019, but it has received an extension until March 2020.