BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A rural school in Jamaica, built 80 years ago, will receive its first upgrade thanks to a grant of US$430,113 from the Caribbean Development Bank through its Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). Ground was broken on December 20, to begin rehabilitation work on the Browns Hall Primary School in St Catherine.
Browns Hall Primary was constructed in 1936 and, because there have been no significant upgrades since its construction, the facility has been rendered unsuitable to deliver quality education due to the age and configurations of the existing buildings.
The school currently has a population of 310 students and 13 teachers.
The sub-project is estimated to cost a total of US$452,750, to which the government of Jamaica will contribute US$22,637. It will improve the quality of the existing infrastructure and provide additional facilities, thereby creating additional space and improved security.
Works will include:
• Rehabilitation of the three existing classroom blocks to facilitate 12 classrooms;
• Rehabilitation of the administrative area to house the principal’s office, staff room, guidance counselling room, sick bay and washroom facilities;
• Construction of a new block containing a kitchen, washroom, and tuck shop;
• Installation of 304 m of new perimeter fencing;
• Construction of a new multi-purpose court; and
• Construction of driveway and parking area.
The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) is the BNTF’s partner organization in Jamaica and is the implementing agency on the sub-project. It will be funded under the seventh cycle of BNTF, which focuses on three key sectors: education and human resources development, basic community access and drainage improvement, and water and sanitation systems enhancement.