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  • Two schools in the parish of St. Elizabeth are to benefit from improvement works, which will create a more comfortable environment for students and teachers.
  • JSIF signed contracts valued at approximately $29 million for the refurbishing of the Austin Primary located in Myersfield, and the Bethlehem All-age and Infant School in Malvern.
  • The Government is committed to “providing resources for our children to learn as our nation progresses towards the achievement of universal primary education”.

Two schools in the parish of St. Elizabeth are to benefit from improvement works, which will create a more comfortable environment for students and teachers.

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), on Thursday, July 11, signed contracts valued at approximately $29 million for the refurbishing of the Austin Primary located in Myersfield, and the Bethlehem All-age and Infant School in Malvern.

The projects, which are to be undertaken over a period of three months, are being done through the Community Investment Project (CIP), financed by the Government of Jamaica and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). CIP targets improvement of infrastructure in education, health and transportation in selected rural communities throughout Jamaica.

General Manager for Finance at JSIF, Orville Hill, in his remarks at the signing ceremony held at Austin Primary, said that the Government is committed to “providing resources for our children to learn as our nation progresses towards the achievement of universal primary education”.

He emphasized the importance of the community involvement in cash or kind, noting that this gives the residents a say in the project. He informed that JSIF will be providing maintenance training for some community members, to ensure that the facilities put in place will be effectively used.

“As you receive this investment within your community, we encourage you as community leaders to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure and also to work with our students as we develop them to be adults that will be better able to look at the growth in the economy of their community,” he urged.

Education Officer for South East St. Elizabeth in the Ministry of Education (MOE) region 5, Cuttle Gayle, encouraged the community members to ensure that the projects are well maintained.

The scope of work to be carried out at Austin Primary involves: erecting perimeter fencing, partitioning classrooms, roof repairs, and rehabilitation of an old, abandoned building for use as a library. Approximately 131 male and female students and staff will be the direct beneficiaries.

At Bethlehem All-Age and Infant, work will include construction of sanitation block for the infant department, fencing of school property, rehabilitation of roof and replacement of windows, and installing folding partitions for classrooms, to benefit over 300 students and teachers.