KINGSTON — Work is to commence, shortly, on the construction of facilities to house the Maranatha Basic School in Waterhouse, Kingston.
The project is to cost $46 million, of which $34 million is being provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), from financing allocated under the Caribbean Development Bank/Basic Need Trust Fund Sixth Programme (CDB/BNFT6). The remainder will be provided by the Waterhouse community.
The contracts were signed at the school, Henley Avenue, on Wednesday (December 7). The project is to be executed over the next five months.
Speaking at the ceremony, JSIF’s General Manager for Human Resources and Administration, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, said the new facility will include four classrooms, a kitchen, sick bay, administrative area, staff room, sanitary conveniences, a sewer and drainage system, play area, perimeter fencing and water storage tanks.
The staff and pupils are expected to benefit significantly from the newly built institution, as it will improve the learning environment and facilities at the school, and create better quality chances for human capital development, and provide an improved physical environment, safety and health standards.
“The project makes a good example of people working together for a shared vision. This is reflected in the collective effort to build and fund the school, coming from the community,” Mrs. Lumsden-Lue pointed out.
Member of Parliament for Western St. Andrew, where the school is situated, Anthony Hylton, said the project marks a milestone in efforts to add first class educational facilities, to assist in integrating Waterhouse into the wider national and international communities.
“This is but one of several other projects that must come on stream in Waterhouse, if we are to make that transition from an inner-city to a winner city. As Member of Parliament, I give my own commitment to give the support necessary, to support the community, to support the parents and to support the school,” he assured.
Principal of Maranatha Basic School, Marsha McIntosh, pointed out that the institution has some 80 children on roll, with an average of 70 attending regularly. The staff includes the principal, three trained teachers and two student teachers.
By Douglas Mcintosh, JIS Reporter