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Breadnut Hill primary gets help from Japan

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Lisa Hanna, member of parliament for South East St Ann is surrounded by students of Breadnut Hill Primary School during a signing ceremony at the institution last Friday.


After years of trying, through fundraising activities and solicitation, the Breadnut Hill Primary School in Colegate, St Ann, has finally been given much-needed assistance to upgrade the institution, thanks to the Embassy of Japan.

The embassy and the National Education Trust last Friday signed an agreement, at the school, for a grant for US$79,258 (over J$9 million) that will go towards renovating the school.

Ambassador Masanori Nakano, in his address preceding the signing of the agreement and presentation of the cheque, said the project is assisted by the Government of Japan's Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots and Human Security Projects.

"As you witness today, the Government of Japan highly values the pivotal area of education in the conduct of our assistance to Jamaica," the ambassador said. "I am proud to say that education of the people has made Japan to advance to one of the most powerful industrialised nations in the world."

Ambassador Nakano said Japan's assistance policy also places emphasis on human security which focuses on protection and, empowerment of people.

Japan's commitment

He said the signing ceremony was a significant achievement which indicates genuine commitment by the people and Government of Japan to further enhance education.

Principal Ricardo Kennedy was grateful for the assistance.

"It's extremely a pleasure to have the Japanese Ambassador and the people of Japan sharing with us such a wonderful gift that we'll be able to improve our physical structure at Breadnut Hill," Kennedy told Rural Xpress.

"Some of the things that we are going to be doing - we're going to have a perimeter fence, we're going to do some part pavement of the schoolyard, we're going to change some windows and doors, we're to go to a 1,000-gallon water tank, we're going to erect partitions as well in the main building so we'll be able to have better control on noise, and teachers having a classroom for themselves."

Meanwhile, in a special address at the ceremony, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites disclosed that he would be seeking funding from the British government to build a new high school in South East St Ann, the constituency where Breadnut Hill Primary is located.

The constituency, of which Lisa Hanna is member of parliament, consists of a lone high school in Ferncourt High.