The Government of Dominica is investing over five point eight million dollars on the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Grand Bay Primary School and the Wills Strathmore Stevens Primary School in Marigot.
A contract signing ceremony was held on Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Grand Bay Primary School.
Member of Parliament for the Grand Bay Constituency, Hon. Edward Registe stated that this is an investment not only in education but in the alleviation of poverty.
“This investment in education is significant and timely as it will enable us to develop more conducive environments for learning and teaching and many other activities that school buildings in Dominica provide. Now it has been said that a sound education is a sure path towards poverty alleviation,” Hon. Registe stated.
Minister for Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence, Hon. Octavia Alfred stated that the safety of students is important hence the need for a sound and solid structure.
“I am very happy that we will soon provide a safe and comfortable setting for our children in these two communities to thrive and excel at both schools. The project entails the reconstruction of the roofs, installation of new ceilings, floors and windows, electrical and plumbing, painting, tiling of all floors and bathrooms, installation of storage water tanks fencing and landscaping,” Hon. Alfred explained.
Principal of the Grand Bay Primary School, Mr. Evans James anticipates the day when schools will be reverted to their normal routine.
This project is being funded by the Canadian Government under the Climate Resilience and Restoration Project and will be constructed through a partnership between ACE Engineering and STEWCO Company Ltd.