The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will be providing US$13.7 million in financing for a major schools’ improvement project across St Vincent and the Grenadines that will involve nine schools.
According to the CDB, “the project which will see two schools — Kingstown Anglican Primary and Sandy Bay Secondary — completely reconstructed and seven others significantly upgraded or rehabilitated.
At the same time, the schools that will undergo rehabilitation are Barrouallie Anglican Primary, Barrouallie Government Primary, Bequia Community High, Girls High School, St Clair Dacon Secondary, St Vincent Grammar School and Thomas Saunders Secondary.
Upon completion of the project, the over 6,000 students enrolled at the nine institutions, as well as staff members, can look forward to new and improved facilities. As part of the project, the schools will be outfitted with new and upgraded furniture, equipment and ICT learning resources under the project.
During the planned infrastructure works, the project will provide for temporary facilities for relocation of school operations.
According to the chief of the social sector division at CDB, Deidre Clarendon, not only will the project result achieve the upgrade to physical spaces for learning, but it will also create an overall improved educational experience.
“By improving these learning spaces, this project will provide a more stimulating and challenging environment for both teachers and students, resulting in higher motivation and productivity in the classroom. The upgrades will also include customisation to support vulnerable learners such as persons with disabilities and to meet the requirements of increasingly diversified modern school curricula,” she said.
Funding for the project comprises a combined loan of €9.03 million and US$ 3 million from the CDB’s Ordinary Capital Resources and Special Funds Resources (SFR) respectively, and a grant of US$15,000 from the SFR. The total cost of the project is US$17.25 million with the remaining funding to come from the government.
The project is forms part of CDB’s Education and Training Policy and Strategy 2017, which entails providing appropriate resources to meet learning needs and gender-responsive infrastructure responding to the needs of male and female students and teachers.