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Several schools in Portland and one in St. Thomas have received books valued at more than $1 million, through the generosity of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and at the request of the Rotary Club of Port Antonio.
The books, which were presented recently, cover several subjects, including Mathematics, English, Social Studies, Science and Reading.
Schools benefiting from the presentation were St. Thomas Technical High School; and Manchioneal All-Age, Jones Park Basic, Vincent Roberts Basic, Belle Castle Primary, Belle Castle Basic, Long Bay Basic, Long Road Basic, Reach Primary, Reach Basic, Rural Hill Primary, Rural Hill Basic, Windsor Forest Basic, Fair Prospect Primary, Maidstone Primary, Maidstone Basic, Seaside Primary, Happy Grove High, and Fair Prospect High, in Portland.
Presenting the books to the Principals of the schools, Past President of the Rotary Club of Port Antonio, Dr. Satya Parvetaneni, said the initiative came as a result of a request made to CIDA by the Club for assistance for children in Portland, who were affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav in August.
He thanked CIDA for the kind gesture it has displayed in providing the assistance, and implored the recipients to take care of the books.
Counsellor for Political and Economic Affairs at the Canadian High Commission, Chris Gilbreth, said CIDA and the Canadian Government were pleased to be associated with the presentation, and congratulated members of the Rotary Club of Port Antonio for the role it played in requesting the books.
He noted that the Canadian Government is always willing to provide assistance for developmental projects in Jamaica, because of the close friendship which exists between the two countries.
Mr. Gilbreth said that Canada has been supporting initiatives to advance the education process in many countries, adding that this effort has been made out of recognition of the critical importance of providing education for all people.
Community Relations Officer for the Ministry of Education’s Port Antonio Regional Office, Horace Palmer and Principal of the Manchioneal All-Age School, Delores Robertson, expressed appreciation to CIDA and the Rotary Club, for the donation.