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Bel Eau school receives new block worth R1.5m | 06 December 2019

Bel Eau school receives  new block worth R1.5m

Minister Simeon and Mr Berlouis cut the ribbon to officially inaugurate the new block (Photo: Louis Toussaint)

Bel Eau primary school has received a new block that has been constructed and sponsored by the Green Island Construction Company.

The new block, which consists of a conference room, a resource room and two sets of staff toilets, has cost R1.5 million and was inaugurated yesterday by the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Jeanne Simeon and the chairman of the Islands Development Company (IDC) board Patrick Berlouis.

The director general in the education department, Cyril Pillay, noted that this project is definitely a very important step in the public-private partnership.

“In 2017, Green Island Construction Company (GICC) built a new block of classrooms at English River secondary school with similar arrangements. It is very heartening to note that GICC has taken heed of our call once again and shows that education is a shared responsibility. The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development is continually investing considerably in terms of financial resources to improve the quality of infrastructure in our schools. However, the ministry needs the support of the private sector, the community, parents and other partners in this important endeavour. When we work together as a team we can achieve great things. The completion of this project bears testimony to this partnership,” said Mr Pillay.

This project came to life after the school council approached GICC at the beginning of 2018 to discuss the project.

“GICC did not hesitate and wasted no time for the first phase of the project. It began in earnest in December 2018 and was completed in March 2019. I wish to commend GICC on the prompt execution of the project and the quality of work produced. Now we count on the school to maintain the new block,” added Mr Pillay.

Islands Development Company (IDC) deputy chief executive Christian Lionnet noted that “GICC once again keeps its promise which is delivering quality work on time. We completed various renovations and constructions in Victoria and GICC is proud of these achievements. The best investment we can make is towards the education of our children. GICC once again, through its corporate social responsibility, has attended to the betterment of community and environment. We ask for other companies to also join us in similar initiatives.”

School head teacher Jane Laurette explained that the new block will therefore bring benefits for members of staff and other stakeholders.

“The meeting room will allow meetings to be conducted in a more conducive environment whereas the resource room will be a place where all teaching materials and equipment will be stored for easier access. And the toilets will surely contribute to the improvement of the staff working conditions,” said Mrs Laurette.

School council chairperson Clive Contoret together with the school children and the department of education thanked GICC for such a donation.

 

Vidya Gappy

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