The Government of the People’s Republic of China has committed EC$40 million dollars to rebuild and rehabilitate several schools on island.
This was revealed by the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint Jean, who was speaking on a radio program last week.
A Post-Disaster Needs Assessment revealed that the education sector suffered damage and losses worth two hundred and eight million EC dollars.
Of a total of one hundred and sixty-three facilities, sixty-seven suffered major damage as a result of the hurricane and require reconstruction.
The funds, Minister Saint Jean said will be used to “completely rebuild and in some case rehabilitate schools like the Tete Morne Primary and the Goodwill Secondary School among several other schools around the island.”
In this regard he called on young persons to “to take their school seriously and their parents who need to encourage them to ensure that we move Dominica to the next level”.
Saint Jean went on to commend all the persons who assisted the Ministry as they worked to bring the education system back to a sense of normalcy following the destruction of Maria.
These persons from Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to the teachers and parents of students assisted the ministry “to ensure that we build and we develop an education system that is comparable to anywhere else in the first world”.