Three primary schools in the North East of Dominica have received a donation from Dominicans based in Holland.
Lester and Evette Ballard in collaboration with the Directors of British Schools in the Netherlands, the Prime Minister and Government have donated school equipment to the Will Strathmore Primary School, the Atkinson Primary School and the Concord Primary School.
The equipment was officially handed over at a ceremony which was held on Thursday, January 7th 2021, at the Concord Primary School
The donation included over two hundred I-Pads, desktop computers, students and teachers’ desk and chairs, music equipment including keyboards, sporting equipment and clothes, white board, printers and books among other school supplies.
Member of Parliament for the Salybia Constituency, Honourable Cozier Frederick encouraged the students to cherish the gift that they have received.
The Salybia MP also urged the students to continue to maintain and good attitude towards their education so that they can continue to reap the benefits of acts of kindness.
“It is very important that we honor these things, and we understand that as we move forward as a progressive society that we are able to be grateful for gifts like that. And to the students, I hope that you will use these gifts wisely. You will protect it, you will cherish it as it because it is beyond the value of money. It is the love of a collective of people who have afforded you these things,” Honourable Frederick stated.
He added that he hopes the students “continue doing their work, and working hard to ensure that Concord remains on the map within the education division.”
Honourable Octavia Alfred, who is the Minister of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence told the students that while the equipment came at no cost to them, they are valuable and should be treated as such.
“Even if it might look like we got all these things for free, keep in your mind that they are not free. They are of no cost to you, but somebody paid for it. So make good use of it,” the Education Minister stated.
“Sometimes when people don’t work for things, they don’t take care of it. But I need you all to remember and appreciate that someone had to sacrifice to buy it for you. So make good use of these resources,” Minister Alfred added.
Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs, and Planning, Senator the Honourable Gregory Riviere expressed his sincerest thanks to the donors on behalf of the Government and the recipients.
“We are truly grateful for these gifts and we look forward to a long, fruitful and mutual relationship between the primary schools in Dominica and the British Schools in the Netherlands. This gift will remind us that there are people out there who still believe that education is vital to our existence and our survival,” Honourable Riviere noted.
The Minister added that the Government looks forward to a continued mutual relationship between the Ministry of Education and the Directors of the British Schools in the Netherlands.
“This gift will remind us that there are people out there who still believe that education is vital to our existence and our survival. People who believe that out children are our future and we must continue to invest in them. There are people out there who believe in us, even when sometimes we don’t believe in ourselves,” Minister Riviere added.
One student of the Concord Primary School, Ms. Kadeena Benjamin also expressed gratitude on behalf of the students, teachers and parents to all the partners who contributed to the donation.
“On behalf of the Atkinson Primary, Will Strathmore and my school the Concord Primary, I wish to thank Mr. Lester Bollard of Marigot residing in Holland for this wonderful gesture. The school furniture, sporting equipment, I-Pads, computers, books, and musical instruments that we received are greatly appreciated. We are definitely going to put them to good use. I also wish to thank the Government for facilitating the process of getting these resources to us,” Ms. Benjamin added.