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Sav gets upgraded adult education centre

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) is the beneficiary of a $4-million upgrade of its Savanna-la-Mar Adult Education Centre in Westmoreland.

This was made possible through a joint partnership between the Sugar Transformation Unit (STU) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the European Union (EU).

The three-classroom facility was officially opened last Friday by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites; state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Luther Buchanan; and head of delegation for the European Union in Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei.

In his address, Buchanan said the opening marked yet another significant step in Government's continued commitment to facilitate social mobility of the people.

"As the parliamentary representative for a constituency in this parish, I am only too aware of the role that education plays in the improvement of one's life and its impact on the social mobility of the residents," he added.

In addition to the classrooms, the project included the refurbishing of a computer lab and the installation of 11 computers and related equipment.

For his part, executive director, JFLL, Worrel Hibbert, said the project is intended to support strengthening of the social resilience, economic diversification and environmental sustainability of sugar-dependent areas by enabling JFLL to build academic competencies of adult learners in underserved communities, through its High School Diploma Equivalency programme for youth and adults, 17 years and older.