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.