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Barracks Road Primary's resource centre project gets boost

Published:Saturday | August 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer


The ongoing Barracks Road Primary School apps project got a boost recently, thanks to a monetary donation from Chinese businessman, Yangsen Li, who owns Beauty Queen Haberdashery Limited, located on St James Street in Montego Bay.

Largely facilitated by president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce, Nathan Robb, and chairman of the school's board, Janet Madden, Li presented his cheque of $200,000 to the school at a handover ceremony, held at the institution on Tuesday.

Importance of giving back

"The chamber is concerned primarily with business, commerce and industry, but we do recognise also that we exist within a society in which the importance given to these sectors can only function if we, in fact, have a literate and trainable workforce," Robb said in expressing his appreciation.

Given that the Chinese community in Montego Bay, St James, is oftentimes heavily criticised for not supporting community development initiatives, principal of the school, A.T. Jones, said this contribution was a step in the right direction.

A big change

"It is a big change and a new look for the Chinese community in that Mr Li has decided to be generous in such a way that can be impactful. It's a substantial contribution that will go a far way, and we hope others of the Chinese community will see it fit to invest in the human resource of the communities that support their businesses," Jones said.

The funds will be used to retrofit a (trailer) container that was donated to the school by Canada-based environmental agency, GreenContributor. The container will be transformed into a library and resource centre, which will be hosting the school's literacy and numeracy programmme and also house its computer tablets that were received in the initial phase of the project.

"The money will be used to retrofit the container, which, hopefully by September we can start to utilise. We are working assiduously to ensure it will be ready to serve the 15 per cent of students, who based on our internal assessments, are at a learning risk," the principal said.

Once the retrofitting stage is complete, the newly opened resource lab will also cater to members of the community, who themselves are challenged in numeracy and literacy.