Government to spend $5M to rehabilitate Grand Bay and Wills Strathmore primary schools

Education Minister, Octavia Alfred

Education Minister, Octavia Alfred, has said that the government over the past 3 years, has excelled in rebuilding a number of schools in Dominica in order to provide students with a safe structure for learning.

She spoke recently, at a contract signing ceremony at the Grand Bay Primary School for rehabilitation works on  that learning institution and the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School.

The project is part of the Dominica Climate Resilience Restoration Project funded by the Government of Canada through the Caribbean Development Bank.

“The government of Dominica, I believe in the past 3 years has excelled in the rebuilding of many of our school plants to better our resilient standard and providing our children with safe structures in which to learn,” Alfred said.

According to her, the government has had significant success with reconstruction around the island, most notably in Paix Bouche, Wotten Waven, Salisbury, Castle Bruce, Atkinson and Morne Prosper.

“Under the same project we have embarked on works on the Delices and Morne Jaune Primary Schools and progress is steady,” Alfred stated. “Today it is the turn of the Grandbay Primary School and the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School.”

The minister said that the project entails the reconstruction of the roofs, installation of new ceiling, floors and windows, electricals and plumbing, painting, installation of storage water tanks, fencing and landscaping to name a few.

“Early Childhood Centres will also be in these schools and special accommodation for students with special needs,” Alfred revealed.

Parliamentary Representative for the Grandbay Constituency, Edward Registe, who also spoke at the function, believes that this investment in education is “significant and timely as it will enable us to  develop a more conducive environment for learning and teaching and many other activities that school buildings in Dominica provide.”

He said the money being invested for the refurbishing of both schools is an investment in poverty alleviation.

“It has been said that a sound education is a sure path towards poverty alleviation, so I believe this $3 million being invested for the refurbishment of the Grandbay Primary School and a further $2 million for the Wills Starthmore Stevens Primary School is certainly an investment in poverty alleviation, not only education,” Registe said.

He thanked the government and the people of Canada for not only investing in education, but investing in the development of Dominicans.

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4 Comments

  1. click here
    February 4, 2021

    What happen to Goodwill School? One of the biggest Secondary schools on island. when will that be rehabilitated? When Danny Lugay not in parliament anymore? Why is Roseau north being victimized and no concern is being placed on getting the goodwill school student back in Goodwill? Why must they continue to share the Grammar School??

  2. February 3, 2021

    I will tell you again that this little Dominica has a lot a lot of money. Don’t fool yourself there is a underground bank somewhere that Papa Skerrit visits when need be. Its a fact

    • White Toothpaste
      February 5, 2021

      Have you heard of these magical laundromats that assist certain people in Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico, etc. You put dirty money in and you take clean money out. Commission for these services in the region of 20-25%. I know of one in Roseau and one in Canefield…

  3. APB
    February 3, 2021

    Someone must clearly explain to us what is meant by “Funded by the government of Canada through the Caribbean Development Bank” Was the project the vision of the Government of Dominica, are we responsible to repay this monies? should the Government be taking any credit for this undertaking? are they just piggybacking? We need clarity!

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