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Finally - expansion for Grace Primary School Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:00

On Wednesday May 10th, Grace Primary School received its long awaited school building on Faber’s Road. Coming at a cost of $724,336.67 which was put in by the Social Investment Fund through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank, the Building is 121feet long by 31 feet wide. School Principal, Morna Sheppard told the Guardian that the school will house Standard 5 and 6 students. An additional $50 thousand dollars was contributed by the Parents-Teachers Association of Grace Primary for the filling of the building area.

The building will have four classrooms, male and female students’ bathrooms, teachers’ lavatory, administrative space, lunch shed and an access ramp to accommodate students and visitors with diverse abilities. Other features include a verandah, reinforced aluminum louvered windows, security grilles, timber doors, and lunch shed with picnic tables. Additionally, the sub-project provided office and computer equipment including a risograph along with laptops and projectors and a security surveillance system.

Speaking at the opening ceremony was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, and Area Representative, Hon Patrick Faber who welcomed the school into the Collet constituency family and explained that the school children must take care of the building especially after the long wait that the school had before the building was completed. He said that the application process started as far back as in 2011 and it was not until last year that ground was broken in August.

But more than just a school building, the new structure will also serve as a hurricane shelter and a polling station said Faber. He added that the school is complemented by a basketball court which was refurbished last month and the future upgrade of an adjoining football field. The basketball court he said sits on the school’s compound and has been serving the community for years now.

And while he got the opportunity to speak, the Deputy Prime Minister said that what the new Grace Primary building represents is true education partnership where the government is putting money where its mouth is. He added that under the Social Investment Fund, schools are going up all across the country with the CDB lending an additional 70 million dollars to Belize for the construction of over 35 new schools across the country. “It is an exciting time in education,” said Hon. Faber with “a lot going on.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:46