The Government of Dominica has secured a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank towards the cost of the implementation of the ninth Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme (BNTF-9).

Seven projects will be implemented under BNTF 9, six of which have already seen the contracts signed.

One of the projects being implemented under the project is the Dominica Community High School extension.

The school will benefit from a new computer lab and an auditorium at a cost of one point two million dollars. Contracts were signed and ground was broken in October for the commencement of works.

Minister of Sports, Culture and Community Development, Honourable Roselyn Paul along with staff of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme, made site visits to the ongoing projects to get a first-hand view of the progress.

““We are happy to see that the project has started. Education is one of the pillars of the BNTF program and we are happy to ensure that we build capacity and cater to the carrying needs of our students,” explained Minister Paul.

Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications and Broadcasting, Honourable Oscar George, says the construction of this computer lab falls right into Government’s vision to build a Dynamic Dominica through information communication and technology (ICT).

“This is very consistent with what the Government is trying to achieve with building a digital economy, exposing our youth to the difference that ICT can make and how they can improve their lives with the use of ICT,” Hon. George added.

Principal of the Dominica Community High School, Mrs. Celia Nicholas, thanked the Government of Dominica and the BNTF for making the Dominica Community High School a beneficiary under BNTF nine.

“On behalf of the parents, students, and teachers we do thank the BNTF, the CDB and also the Government for being an agency in ensuring that this project is executed,” Mrs. Nicolas stated.  

The new resource room, auditorium and computer lab will facilitate special training sessions the students as well as their parents and guardians along with the hosting of fundraising activities.