Groundbreaking for the China-funded GSS set for September; additional grant funding allocated for youth and sports developmentAugust 31, 2023
Come September 6, 2023, the government of Dominica alongside the People’s Republic of China (PRC), will officially break ground to mark the start of construction work on the Goodwill Secondary School (GSS).
According to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, the school, which was devastated nearly six years ago during Hurricane Maria’s passage, is one of numerous elementary schools across the island that will be reconstructed by the PRC. Following the 2017 natural disaster, the Chinese government pledged to assist Dominica with school restoration, and an agreement for school reconstruction was signed in May 2020 between the Ministry of Education and the PRC.
While he acknowledges that the GSS is at the top of the list, Skerrit stated that contracts have also been signed and construction will soon begin for Thibaud Primary School, Tete Morne Primary School, the extension of Sineku Primary School, Calibishie Primary School, and the new school for Bellevue Chopin, Pichelin, and Petite Savanne students who are now at Bellevue Chopin.
In addition to the construction of the school, the prime minister also revealed that the People’s Republic of China has pledged grant support to further bolster Dominica’s development. Skerrit stressed that the timing of this contribution is noteworthy, given the global economic challenges posed by factors such as natural disasters and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the government has exclusively earmarked this fund for the advancement of sports and youth development in Dominica and indicated that in the coming weeks, he will outline plans to support youth enterprise, continue efforts to advance sports and “develop the aptitude of our young people in various disciplines.”
Among the proposed projects for funding by the grant assistance from the Chinese, are the establishment of a synthetic track in Portsmouth and the creation of an indoor sports facility.
The Prime Minister thanked the PRC for their support, and stated that “the long-standing and fruitful relationship between Dominica and China, dating back to 2004, has yielded numerous tangible benefits.”
“I can point to invaluable assistance to advance the agricultural sector, restore key infrastructure after disasters, enhance health facilities, and construct all important sports infrastructure,” he said.
“I wish to thank Ambassador Lin and the team at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for their continued support. I look forward to building on our already solid relations with China for the benefit of both of our peoples,” Skerrit added.