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December 9, 2013
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PRP upgrades St Michael's Infant School

Children from the St Michael's Infant school in Rae Town at the newly built play area. - Contributed

Thirty students and three staff members are the direct beneficiaries of an upgraded St Michael's Infant School Sanitation and Rehabilitation project.

This was completed with funding from the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), which is a programme of cooperation funded jointly by the European Union and the Government of Jamaica and implemented by the Jamaica Social Development Fund (JSIF).

The four-month project was executed at a cost of $21.5m from the PRP and community contribution of $$7.2m.

The rehabilitation included the supply and installation of age-appropriate sanitary fixtures, upgrading of electrical works, construction of a play area, supply and installation of windows and doors, creation of vegetable garden and upgrading of the sewer system.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Scarlette Gillings, managing director of JSIF, stated that it was an opportune time to underscore the importance being placed on education by the Government of Jamaica and highlighted that over the last two years the Poverty Reduction Programme has upgraded more than 14 schools at the primary and early-childhood levels.

She further stated that "fully one-third of JSIF's funds are utilised for the upgrading, rehabilitation and construction of early-childhood and primary schools."

Gillings also noted that the creation of a vegetable garden would supplement the school's food bill and would broaden the learning experience of the children.

The Poverty Reduction Programme has seen several such projects undertaken in communities where the assistance is greatly needed. Rae Town, where St Michael's is located, is among the communities included in the government's Community Renewal Programme, which receives direct support from the PRP.

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