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Ninety pupils to benefit from new school block

Published:Tuesday | May 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer


A NEW school block, which is to accommodate approximately 90 grade one students at the Norwich Primary School in Portland, was declared open last week Wednesday.

The new block was constructed at a cost of approximately $12 million through a joint initiative between Scotia Jamaica Foundation (SJF) and the Ministry of Education and replaces the old block, which was destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.

"We were happy to assist. We did the right thing by rendering assistance to the needs of students who were displaced following the hurricane. Norwich Primary is among one of the seven schools that benefited from Scotia Foundation. We gladly contributed $3 million towards the construction of this new school block, which will benefit dozens of students in a friendly environment," said Joylene Griffiths Irving, executive director of SJF.

Griffiths Irving said SJF has been integrally involved in changing people's lives in various communities and focuses heavily on development, particularly of youth islandwide, through sports, education, and health. She said the Foundation's involvement in the construction of the new school block also eases the burden on grade one students, who had to be accommodated at the nearby United Holiness Church since the passage of Hurricane Sandy.


Janet Brimm, regional director in the Ministry of Education's Region 2, who represented Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, pointed out that the ministry is committed to improving the lives of students by providing them with a safe and friendly environment, which will go a far way in assisting with their learning.

The newly constructed school block comprises two classrooms and a computer lab. The classrooms have also been fitted with furniture, which was donated by Food For the Poor.