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Una Mighty basic school gets power

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 6:00 AMShanique Samuels

EFFORTVILLE, Clarendon:

Students of the Una Mighty Basic School in Effortville, Clarendon, will now be able to learn comfortably in their classrooms as a result of the recent installation of electricity at the institution.

The school, which is more than 10 years old, has been without power since it was relocated to its current location seven years ago. A light pole was erected on the compound and power installed, in memory of Juthika Ramotar, through the James and Friends Education Programme (JFEP).

Juthika Ramotar's mother, Prame Massey, said she made the donation through the JFEP to do the wiring and installation of the electricity to the school in honour of her daughter, who died in a tragic accident several years ago.

"She loved children and I'm also a preschool teacher, so this is really fitting the occasion," said Massey, who arrived on the island recently to make the special presentation. She was introduced to the JFEP through one of the directors of the programme.

OUT OF THE DARKNESS

"I feel overwhelmed and happy that whatever I'm doing is for a good cause and will be appreciated; and more so, whatever I'm doing is the way she (Juthika) would have wanted it to be done," she said in an interview with Rural Xpress.

Principal of the institution, Pauline Jarrett, said the school family is happy to finally be out of the darkness. "We are very elated, and I'm hoping this will improve enrollment because the numbers went down from a high of over 90 to the present figure of 24 students and two teachers," said Jarrett.

"We hope we will be able to get some fans in the classrooms because they are very hot, especially when it rains and we have to close the doors. The students are also elated because we have tablets that were donated to us that we couldn't use, so the students will be very happy now that they will be able to use them," she added.

Otis James of the JFEP said setting up the facility took a lot of effort. "I got my team and we built a post, strung [the power lines at] the school, and did the installation, so now they can have light.

"The kids were happy to see light turned on at the school for the very first time, and the computer and printer that were donated to the school by one of the directors of the programme can now be used to do administrative duties now that there is light," he said.

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