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The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has invested $19.6 million in the construction and rehabilitation of three basic schools in western Jamaica.
The institutions are Sanguinetti Basic and Wilson Run in Trelawny, and the Chamber’s Pen Basic School in Hanover.
Officials from JSIF officially handed over the three schools in separate ceremonies held on December 8. Acting Finance and Administration Manager at JSIF, Keith Byfield, who spoke at the handing over ceremony for the Chamber’s Pen Basic School, said that the Fund was committed to education as the basis for development.
He noted that more than 42 per cent of projects funded by JSIF since 1996 have been in support of the development of education, at a sum of $1.7 billion. “This funding has gone towards the construction, expansion and equipping of basic, primary and all-age schools islandwide,” he informed.
Early Childhood Education Officer in Region 4, Beverly Parkinson, in bringing greetings on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture, stated that the value of education to nation building could not be overemphasized.
She noted that the Early Childhood Act, which was passed earlier this year, was indicative of the Ministry’s commitment to making quality improvements in the area of early childhood education. She further commended JSIF for its work in the development of education.
Approximately $4 million was spent on the Chamber’s Pen Basic School and the scope of work involved the rehabilitation of the roof, repairs to the kitchen and other general repairs. The money also included the provision of equipment and construction of a perimeter fence.
The school has been in operation for over 25 years and serves the communities of Chamber’s Pen, Dundee Pen, Harvey River and Mount Pleasant in Western Hanover.