Another refurbished primary school handed over

The keys to the final school renovated with funding from the Maria Holder Memorial Trust have officially been handed over to the people of Dominica.

Following the passage of Hurricane Maria in 2017,  the regional entity based in Barbados, was instrumental in renovating several primary schools in Dominica including the Belles, Concord, Trafalgar, Warner and Roseau Primary Schools.

During the handing over ceremony of the newly refurbished Wotten Waven Primary School on November 6, 2020, Consultant/Advisor to The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, Jane Armstrong, said that the schools are intended to be resilient and adaptable.

According to her, the project began in 2018 and within that period, the organization has refurbished and rebuilt six schools and provided brand new early childhood education places for Dominica.

“To have completed this in two years is a real achievement and there are lots of people to thank and recognize for this. We always are grateful for the partnerships we develop and I’m proud of this particular project and its partnerships,” Armstrong stated. “When we originally started the overall project, Wotten Waven was to be the first on the list but now as it happens, it’s the last school to be completed in the project.”

Minister for Education Hon. Octavia Alfred gave an address at the ceremony and highlighted the government’s success in repairing and upgrading schools post hurricane Maria. She said the new, renovated school adds to the cadre of resilient school buildings in Dominica.

“The ministry of education is proud of the work that has been done in conjunction with our various partners to return our students across the island to safer structures where they can thrive and expand their knowledge,” the Minister stated.

Alfred said that over the past three years, Government’s over overarching goal has been to build stronger and more resilient school structures as successive disasters in recent years forcefully demonstrated that  our school buildings need to be built to withstand several weather events.

Prime Minister Rooverlt Skerrit also spoke at the function and challenged the ministry of education to name one of the refurbished schools after the Maria Holder Memorial Trust for its generosity and commitment to the country’s education sector.

“They have extended a hand of friendship, a hand of development to our country and we have been seeing and benefiting from the fruits of this commitment and words can never express our gratitude to you,” he stated. “And the partnership that we have engineered between ourselves as a country  and a trust focusing heavily on education  and community development is a major contribution   to our country’s economic development and our country’s future.”

According to the Prime Minister, the enhancement of  these facilities will create a more conducive environment for learning and for teaching on the island.

Consultant/Advisor to The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, Jane Armstrong. Photos by Cecil Clarke

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6 Comments

  1. boss
    November 16, 2020

    i get the feeling that every time these bunch of whatever they call themselves, do something with the people Dominica money or monies that was given to them on behalf of the people of Dominica, that they are doing us a favor and that we should kneel and praise them, you are the government, that is what you are expected and suppose to do, it is not your monies, it is the people of Dominica money and the are entitled to it, to make their lives better in times like these, its not labor supporters money, its not labor party money, damn fools.

  2. Roger Burnett
    November 15, 2020

    The Maria Holder Memorial Trust deserves credit and our gratitude for quietly getting on with the job of restoring six primary schools.

    I am particularly impressed with the attention they have given to finish and detailing. The paving and white fence shown in the opening photograph are design masterstrokes.

  3. Garvey
    November 14, 2020

    The story states the Maria Holdler Trust did the school,but the education Minister missed that point and say the Government did.With all the help the country got from outside entities where is all the country missing monies.

  4. happy parent
    November 13, 2020

    I am pleased with the work done at the school ….I am so proud that I went to that school and that my children and grandchildren are doing the same. Thank you to all the people and family who made it possible for the community of wotten waven.

  5. EXSLAVE
    November 13, 2020

    war against the children of Jacob
    ramp up for biggest vaccination effort in DOMINICA history

  6. EXSLAVE
    November 13, 2020

    Vaccine alliance secures $2 billion to fund COVID shots for poor nation
    the schools for vaccination centre

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