JIS News

The commitment of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to the development of the country’s education system has been emphasized by its Senior Manager, Carol Perry.
Addressing a contract signing ceremony between the JSIF and the Buff Bay Independent Baptist Church yesterday (October 14), Miss Perry said since its inception, the JSIF has consistently contributed to projects designed for the enhancement of the education system in various areas.
Under the contract, the Buff Bay Baptist Basic School is to be extended at a cost of $7.9 million.
Miss Perry noted that the organization has completed work on 159 schools at a cost of $664 million over the past eight years, involving construction, expansion, rehabilitation and equipping basic, primary and all-age schools.
She said that the contract signing represented another worthwhile investment in the country’s education system.
Miss Perry pointed out that the JSIF would be playing an integral role in the reconstruction programme, following the passage of Hurricane Ivan, and that more than 100 affected schools have been earmarked for repair under the programme of assistance being offered by the Fund.
She explained that of the 30 poverty alleviation projects completed in Portland so far, 12 have been school projects, representing an investment of approximately $39 million.

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