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July 21, 2014
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Early childhood learning to be improved at Clarence Brimm Basic School

Planned upgrades to the Clarence Brimm Basic School in Trelawny are designed to promote balanced development of children at the Early Childhood Development stage.

Andrew Neita, general manager Infrastructure and Civil Works the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, told guests at a ceremony at the school recently that upgrades totalling J$36M, with funding by the Caribbean Development Bank, are in keeping with the JSIF's mandate of "channelling resources to underserved communities bringing improvements in teaching and learning environment for teachers and students alike."

The project will see the installation of a new classroom block, a new roof for the existing school, new partitions and windows. Staff bathrooms are to be upgraded, the water harvesting system improved and a play area furnished with new equipment including a swing, jungle gym, see-saw and slide. In addition, there will be a brand new kitchen complete with stove, fridge, freezer and tables and new equipment for students and teachers.

Served the commmunity well

He said while the Clarence Brimm Basic School had served the communities of Swaby Town, New Hope, Troy, Riverside, Bottom Chudleigh and Tyre well, the growth in the school population over the recent past has given rise to overcrowding both inside and outside of the classroom.

Neita said he was "extremely happy to be able to work with the community to deliver a basic school compliant with Early Childhood Commission standards for physical environment."

"We are confident that the 93 children who share cramped and overcrowded classrooms, use pit latrines and a make-shift kitchen as well as suffer from inadequate water facilities will now learn in a more focused and effective way and the enhanced play area will contribute to their balanced development," he declared.

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