JIS News

Sanitary conveniences at the Whitfield Town All-Age School in Kingston have been significantly improved with the refurbishing of the boys’ bathroom block.

The block, which was in a deplorable condition, has been refurbished by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), at a cost of approximately US$10,000 ($850,000). The works were carried out over a four-week period by the JDF Engineer Regiment.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the school on Friday (March 4), Commanding Officer, 1 Engineer Regiment, JDF, Lt. Colonel David Cummings, encouraged the students to take care of the facility, as proper sanitary conveniences play a critical role in society.

He said that partnerships are critical in moving forward, and commended the stakeholders involved in the process for the execution of the project.

United States Military Liaison Officer, Lt. Colonel Robert Wagner, said a tremendous job had been done in upgrading the social amenities for the boys, and implored the students and teachers to work together to uplift the nation through education. 

Principal of the School, Doreen Nelson, expressed appreciation, stating that the facility will assist in lifting the morale of the students. She noted that the soldiers did a great job in upgrading the facilities and that the school community was grateful for the assistance.

A student at the school, Jordaine King, said he was “very happy” with the upgrading of the facility. Whitfield Town All-Age is a co-educational institution built in 1937.