CDB grant to support improvements in tertiary education in Grenada

The Caribbean Development Bank’s (CDB) Board of Directors has approved a USD500,000 grant to the Government of Grenada to undertake a comprehensive reassessment of the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC). The review will address the adequacy, effectiveness and sustainability of the infrastructure, governance systems and operational procedures of TAMCC.

Deidre Clarendon, Division Chief, Social Sector Division, CDB notes, “TAMCC is one of the primary tertiary education institutions in Grenada. This project will heighten the capacity of TAMCC to support the Government of Grenada in achieving its national goal of social and economic development. One such goal is increasing Grenada’s gross enrolment rate in tertiary education from 8.8 percent, to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strategic goal of 15 percent.”

“We expect that the findings of this assessment will prepare TAMCC to effectively undertake its role as a socially inclusive and gender-responsive national tertiary education institution in the 21st Century,” she added.

TAMCC is the largest public provider of tertiary education, representing 73 percent of those Grenadians enrolled locally in tertiary education, and the only institution with a campus outside of mainland Grenada, on the island of Carriacou.

The grant will support the revision of the Physical Development Plan, the development of plans to enhance students’ services, and the improvement of the financing framework. These initiatives, informed by an assessment of the environmental, social, operational, pedagogical, infrastructural and financial conditions, will be combined into a gender-responsive and socially inclusive Action Plan. The preparation of the Action Plan constitutes the first phase of the technical assistance programme which is expected to be completed in September 2018.

The total cost of the project is USD585,500, which will be funded through support of USD500,000 from CDB and counterpart funding of USD85,500 from the Government of Grenada.

The project will be implemented through the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and the Environment.