Campbell's Castle All-age School to be renovated after 84 yearsThursday, March 19, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica - The Government of Japan is to provide the Campbell’s Castle All-age School in South Manchester with a grant of J$12 million for rehabilitation work.
Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, Yasuo Takase, and chairman of the school board, Carmen Ward, on Tuesday signed a contract for the upgrading of the school, during a ceremony at the Japanese Embassy on Oxford Road in Kingston.
Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites spoke on the Government’s commitment to education, noting that a good education system redounds to the benefit of the country and its people.
“The best thing a Government can offer to its people is the chance of a good education, as this is often the only way for many persons to (attain upward mobility),” he said.
Ambassador Takase said his Government values education and the development of human capital, emphasising that this is the main focus of Japan’s development assistance policy.
“As a cornerstone of nation-building, human resource development through education and training is one of the fundamental areas of our assistance. We strongly believe that education plays a key role in empowering people, especially those who are in vulnerable situations,” he added.
The ambassador said the objective of their assistance is to aid the Jamaican people to enjoy greater opportunities through good quality education.
Speaker of the House and Member of Parliament for South Manchester, Michael Peart, expressed gratitude to the Government of Japan for its continued support to Jamaica, noting that the nation remains “a faithful friend”.
“The performance of the school has been outstanding over many years and they are deserving of this special gift,” he said.
Rev Owen Lambert, principal of the institution, mentioned that after the renovation of the building, the students and teachers will be able to enjoy a better environment, pointing out that the facilities were last upgraded in 1931.
“This grant will go a far way in renovating our school, and so, we are eternally grateful for your generosity,” he told the ambassador.
The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project funding will see the rehabilitation of the school’s main building, which houses five classrooms, a library and a staffroom.
A total of 175 students and eight staff members will benefit from the expanded facilities. The National Education Trust, which was instrumental in assisting the school to secure the grant, will oversee the renovation.
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