Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
ACCOMPONG, St Elizabeth:STUDENTS OF Accompong Basic School benefited from a new school building, courtesy of Food For The Poor Jamaica, through a partnership with Food For The Poor Canada, Grand Jamaica Homecoming 2012, and the Raymond Chang Foundation.
The building was officially opened on Wednesday.
Andrew Mahfood, chairman of Food For The Poor Jamaica, said the new building, which was constructed to house the 37 students now registered at the school, has three classrooms, which can be divided to form additional classrooms, and can accommodate up to 100 students.
Daynia Miles-Anderson, principal of the school, said the previous structure did not meet the standards of the Early Childhood Commission as it had inadequate spacing per child, was in a deplorable condition, and lacked running water.
Samantha Mahfood, executive director of Food For The Poor, Canada, said this was just one of the projects that Food For The Poor had been working on in its drive to improve educational structures across the island.
"Food For The Poor is going across Jamaica replacing cramped, unsafe learning spaces that have poor sanitation with beautiful new schools. We have seen in each community that they know the value of their youth and believe in the investment of education," she said.
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Mahfood also called for continued support as Food For The Poor could not do the work on its own.
"Food For The Poor gets its work done only with the funds and donations from its supporters. I ask you, leaders of Jamaica, to continue to help us to get support of Jamaican corporations and individuals so that we can help to educate more children.
"We ask for your help and your investment in the children that will one day work in your organisations and lead the country," she added.
Ronald Thwaites, minister of education, reiterated the need for investment in education at the basic school level, noting that too much money was spent on remedial education. He said the right approach to education from the early childhood level could decrease the need for remedial education.