Sagicor foundation completes major
SAGICOR Foundation last week officially closed out its 2018/19 a dopt- a - s chool programme with the unveiling of major renovation work completed at three early childhood institutions this year.
The handover ceremonies, held at the Chantilly Gardens Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland; Tobolski Basic School in Brown's Town, St Ann; and Clifton Basic School in St Catherine on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, respectively, included a walk through by Sagicor Foundation representatives, as well as Early Childhood Commission (ECC) stakeholders and members of the school communities.
Some $12 million was invested in the upgrade of the three schools, resulting in significant improvements to the physical infrastructure, as well as the addition of well-needed learning and play material and equipment. In addition to the renovation work carried out at the adopted schools, Sagicor Foundation engaged them in several meaningful initiatives throughout the year, including a Christmas treat, a back-to-school health tour, as well as reading day and Teachers' Day activities.
Alysia White, executive director, Sagicor Foundation, said the adopt-a-school programme reflects the foundation's commitment to education and youth development. “At Sagicor, we believe in doing our part to support development in our country and we do so by giving back to the communities which we serve. This initiative has had such a meaningful and positive impact, and improved so many lives since its inception, and this reinforces our commitment to its success each year,” she said.
Major renovation works included the construction of a new classroom at the Tobolski Basic School, which also received a new play area with safe playing equipment, as well as plumbing and cabinetry upgrades in the kitchen, a refurbished sick bay, and bathroom upgrades.
Chantilly Gardens ECI, meanwhile, received new fencing and gate, kitchen upgrades, an upgraded play area and equipment, a new sick bay, as well as new standpipes. Clifton Basic School also received upgrades to the play area, which was relocated to be compliant with ECC standards. Work was also carried out to separate the existing space into two classrooms and to upgrade the bathroom area. Additionally, new tiles were installed.
All the schools received fresh paint jobs and water tanks.
Lois Bartley, principal of Tobolski Basic School, said the school community is grateful to the Sagicor Foundation for the work carried out and the engagement of the adopt-a-school programme throughout the year.
“We are so elated. The Sagicor Foundation saw that we had a great need and they have made our dreams come true with all that they have done. This experience has re-energised us as educators and motivates us to keep working hard for the children in our care,” she said.
Three schools are adopted each year, based on assessments done at each school to ascertain their needs, as well as recommendations made by the ECC.
Last year, the AME Basic School in Portland Cottage, Clarendon; D'Frank Early Childhood Institution, Greenvale, Mandeville; and Haughton Grove Early Childhood Institution, Ramble District, Hanover received major upgrades through the programme.