The Goodwill Primary School has officially received the keys to its newly renovated auditorium, which was destroyed during the passage of Hurricane Maria.
The auditorium was funded by Rubis West Indies Limited at a cost of one hundred and ninety thousand EC dollars, and was completed by the Edghill Fortune Associates Limited in approximately three months.
The completed auditorium provided eight additional classrooms, which accommodates the entire student body.
Chief Education Officer, Melena Fontaine stated at the official ceremony on Friday, that the entire school was greatly affected by Hurricane Maria.
“All fifty eight primary and fifteen secondary schools were impacted by Hurricane Maria last September, and Goodwill Primary School was no exception. We saw major damage to the main building block as well the auditorium block. Furniture, equipment, and materials were destroyed. As a result, students of the Goodwill Primary School were unable to resume school last term. Thanks to the generosity of Rubis, all three hundred and fifty seven students are able to be back at school from the start of the second academic term,” Fontaine stated.
She added that with all students back at school on the same shift, they will be able to receive more teaching time.
“It is important to note that as a result of the rehabilitative work completed by Rubis, and the classroom space created for the first time since the school moved to this location, all the students of the school are able to report to school on the same shift. It means that the students are receiving more instructional time and hopefully moving forward, we will note improved academic performances by all the students,” she noted.
Fontaine said that with the donation from Rubis, the Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Primary School now also has a facility to house their students, as their original building was compromised by Hurricane Maria.
“Although the school was able to resume last school term, they were forced to close before the end of the term because of the continued deterioration of their facilities. Thankfully, because of the rehabilitation of the Goodwill primary school, and the fact that the Goodwill Primary School is now operating on one shift, the Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist Primary School since the beginning of this second term has been able to operate at the Goodwill Primary School on the afternoon shift,” she said.