President, His Excellency Charles Savarin and Mrs. Savarin, on Thursday visited students of the Dublanc, Colihaut and Coulibistrie Primary schools. His Excellency Savarin, during the tour of these institutions, took time to address the students and staff of the schools.
He acknowledged the resilience of the Dublanc Primary school and highlighted the importance of community to the school as well as the importance of a proper education system for the development of the community.
The Colihaut Primary school has in the past received assistance from the President’s Charity Foundation, an organization which makes available thousands of dollars in grant funding to various institutions each year. After the Colihaut Primary school was battered by Tropical Storm Erika in 2015, the President’s Charity Foundation adopted the school. H.E Savarin admonished the students there to take advantage of the opportunities being afforded them, including the upgrades to the infrastructure.
“I am hoping that you will take advantage of the physical conditions that are being prepared here in Colihaut. For the school to do well it does not rest solely on the principal, staff and students; the community must play its role in the development of the school. First of all they must protect the building. People had come from as far away as Cuba to refurbish your school after Maria and therefore the community must take pride in the school and must not allow anybody to vandalize the school property.”
He reminded the students that despite the plight of the community from Hurricane Maria, they are indeed lucky to be able to attend school with much normalcy.
The Coulibistrie primary school, which welcomed His Excellency Savarin in song, is also one of the special interests of the President’s Charities Foundation and persists despite the ravages of Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria.