Students of the Goodwill Primary School have been gifted solar lights from the Lee Brenneisen Foundation.
The solar lights were distributed to grade five and grade six students by representative of the foundation Ernie Williams on Tuesday 24 April 2018 during a ceremony held at the school compound.
A total of four thousand (4000) solar lights, at a cost of approximately thirty thousand US dollars ($30, 000) have been shipped to Dominica and will be distributed to primary school students across the island.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Chandler Hyacinth said the ministry and the foundation decided to work together to deliver solar lights to the students considering the challenges being faced with electricity supply since the passage of the storm.
“We know that some of you the students, your homes still do not have electricity, so we are going to present to you students some solar lamps which you can use to prepare for exams,” Hyacinth stated.
“We know that at Goodwill Primary School, we have student who work hard, who study hard and who aim to excel and do well. And we have teachers who work just as hard to ensure that you do well,” she continued.
According to Hyacinth, Ernie Williams, who hails from Kenya, assisted in the distribution of solar to the students on the southern side of the island on Monday 23 April 2018.
In addition to the Goodwill Primary School, Williams was to distribute lamps to West Coast today and on the East Coast on Wednesday 26 April.
“And as he is visiting the schools he will see firsthand some of the damage and some of the effects of Hurricane Maria on Dominica,” Hyacinth noted.
Hyacinth thanked Williams and the foundation for its timely gift and encouraged the students to use them.
“As we distribute the solar lights to the various communities, we hope that you the students will use it to help you to prepare for your exams,” Hyacinth added.