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Nowhere to play

Bethel Primary & Junior High School appeals for help

Thursday, April 05, 2018

HOPEWELL, Hanover — Bethel Primary and Junior High School in Hopewell, Hanover, currently has no area on its premises where its students can play.

Consequently, the school is appealing for assistance to upgrade its multiple sports complex and to build a perimeter wall along its borders.

Jasmine Beckford-Johnson, principal of the school, informed that the existing facility has been severely eroded by water and as such students are unable to use it.

“At this time we have a problem with the court. Our children have nowhere to play, nowhere to practise basketball, netball, volleyball and other court-related sports because it has been eroded,”she explained.

The multi-purpose court was donated to the school in 1997. Beckford-Johnson said that the school also needs to secure its borders to ensure that children are safe while at the educational institution.

The school has a population of 705 students, inclusive of the Alternative Secondary Transitional Programme students. Data obtained from students' files indicate that approximately 50 per cent of the parents of students who attend the institution are unemployed.

Less than 50 per cent are employed in the tourism, agriculture, telemarketing and manufacturing industries, and less than 10 per cent are self-employed.

However, Beckford-Johnson also informed that the school's academic performance is very good.

“Academically, we are doing well. We strive for excellence and are moving to perfection, although that is difficult to do. Therefore, we would really appreciate some assistance in the area of sports development at our school,”she stressed.

The school is one of 14 institutions which are part of the Pledge2Build campaign, which was developed to raise funds for capital improvement of early childhood and primary institutions across Jamaica. The campaign seeks to ensure that the schools are safe and provide children with a conducive learning environment.

The Pledge2Build campaign is located on the ISupportJamaica website, a crowdfunding platform which is an initiative of The Jamaica National Group. The website provides a simple, creative and secure avenue for Jamaicans residing locally and overseas, along with friends of Jamaica, to provide financial support to micro-enterprises and not-for-profit entities such as the Bethel Primary & Junior High School.

Phillip Lindsey, ISupportJamaica operations officer at JNGroup Marketing, advised that the online platform is secure, convenient and easy to use.

“Persons can donate to the campaign by visiting the ISupport Jamaica platform at www.isupportjamaica.com and click on the Bethel Primary & Junior School High School project, and then click the 'Fund Project' button,” he explained.

“We would be grateful to receive assistance to ensure that our students can learn different sporting skills, because we are about holistic learning at this institution,” said Beckford-Johnson.