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Three hundred and seventeen students and eight teachers at the Spring Gardens Primary and Infant School in Trelawny are now benefiting from new sanitary facilities provided by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the parent teachers association at a cost of over $913,000.
The new facilities were handed over to the institution on Wednesday, November 17.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, JSIF’s Human Resource Manager, Grace Ann Miller, said that early childhood was the most critical phase of human development and “we at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund have long held the belief that any long term strategies for national development must take early childhood education into consideration.”
Mrs. Miller appealed to the school population and the wider community to take care of the new facilities and stressed the importance of having them properly maintained. “We are all aware of the country’s economic challenges and whenever an organisation like JSIF makes an investment of this kind, we as a country cannot afford for it to go to waste,” she stated.
She congratulated the school body on their achievements and thanked everyone who supported the project to the point of completion.
“We have worked to create a more pleasant learning environment for the students and it is now the responsibility of this community to ensure that future generations will also be able to enjoy the facilities,” she said.
The work of the JSIF is supported through financing from the International Bank For Reconstruction and Development.