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Accompong to get library, computer centre

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2013 | 12:00 AM

WORK WILL get under way next month on the construction of a state-of-the-art library and computer centre in the community of Accompong in St Elizabeth.

The project is being funded by recording artiste and music producer, Mystic Bowie, a resident of the area who is living overseas.


Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the project is significant for the Maroon community and lauded Bowie for investing more than $6 million (US$65,000) "in the building of education for his community".

He said the Government is promoting such public/private partnerships "where someone from the community comes together with the education system to lift up the hopes and possibilities of our children."

The library and computer centre is to be built on the grounds of the Accompong Primary and Junior High School. The construction period is about eight months.

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Principal of the school Garfield Rowe said the facility will serve children and adults in the Accompong community. He lauded Bowie for his contribution and expressed the hope that "others will come on board and support the children."

For his part, Bowie stated that his passion is to see children in the area get the best education possible.

He informed that, in recent years, he has been donating a percentage of his earnings to Accompong Primary and Junior High to ensure that the students have the necessary educational supplies.