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The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has awarded a contract valued at some $9 million for the construction of a basic school in the Blackwood Gardens community in Clarendon.
The contract signing for the project was held on November 9 at the Blackwood Gardens community centre.In his address at the ceremony, Keith Byfield, Acting Finance and Administration Manager at JSIF, informed that the project was being financed through a loan from the World Bank’s National Community Development Programme.
He informed that the contract sum would include the provision of furniture and equipment.
In addition to the World Bank funds, Windalco and the Jamaica Energy Partners will also be supporting the project, while the community is expected to contribute by providing an employment coordinator, clearing of the site, providing storage for construction materials, landscaping after construction and planning, organizing and catering for both the contract signing and handing over ceremonies.
The value of the community’s contribution amounts to approximately 11 per cent of the cost of the project.
Mr. Byfield noted that the project was aimed at providing a permanent home for the Blackwood Gardens Basic School, which was located at the community centre, before moving to the Old Harbour Bay Pentecostal Church, when the centre was damaged during Hurricane Ivan last year.
He pointed out that these problems were in addition to the school administration not having total control over who entered the learning area.
Approximately 90 students and four teachers from Blackwood Gardens and surrounding communities such as Dagger Bay, Buddo, Stony Gully, Bay Bottom and Bartons Gully will benefit from the project, which will be a Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture-standard modular building.
The work will be done by Garan-Tee Construction Limited, with construction to take place over a four-month period.