Seventeen primary schools and one secondary school in Dominica will benefit from school supplies, donated by Halimah’s Helping Hands Foundation, a NGO foundation based in Trinidad and Tobago.
The schools were selected based on need to receive assistance as part of the foundations initiatives.
A presentation of the supplies was made to the Ministry of Education on Monday morning by the Executive Board member of Halimah’s Helping Hands Foundation Brother Sharaz Ali.
Ali stated that Dominicans must be proud of their achievement of reopening all their schools in less than a year following Hurricane Maria.
He told the Ministry that being able to reopen all schools just one year past Maria, even with all the difficult and costly challenges that they encountered while rehabilitating, is a great achievement.
“You have endured the worst, but you have reopened all your schools. What an achievement. You weathered catastrophic hurricanes like David in 1979, and Maria last year and still rebounded with unshakeable determination,” Ali noted.
Ali then went on to commend the Education system making reference to a Dominican student who excelled in Trinidad after being transferred following Hurricane.
He noted that they young student topped all her examinations in her class, before she was transferred back to Dominica.
“She excelled in all curricular and co-curricular areas. Kudo’s to the Dominican examination system. This success is a tangible manifestation of your Ministry’s stated vision ‘Each Child Succeeds,” Ali added.