Basseterre High School Integrated Community Sub-Project – St. Kitts and Nevis

Country St. Kitts and Nevis


June 12, 2013

The Basseterre High School was constructed in 1956.  Some areas of the physical infrastructure of the school are in need of rehabilitation. The west block, consisting of the biology laboratory and adjacent classroom, which was constructed in 1966 is unusable. The block’s windows are non-functioning and the doors are rotted. The unsecured doors and windows also place the premises at risk of vandalism and theft. There is competition among teachers for access to the Chemistry and Physics laboratories and classes are frequently disrupted due to the need to move and replace equipment for experiments from one room to the next due to the unavailability of the west block.  In addition, the male and female students’ toilets are in a deplorable condition and are frequently closed for repairs. The students demonstrate poor toilet etiquette and personal hygiene habits and a general disregard for their responsible use of the toilet facilities.  These poor physical conditions and lack of a public health programme for the school students places the school’s population at risk of contracting contagious diseases; and constrains the delivery of the science curricula.


Grant funds will:

  • Renovate the Biology Laboratory and adjacent classroom to include roof replacement; fumigation and termite treatment; replacement of the built-in cupboards; upgrading of the plumbing and electrical utilities.
  • Rehabilitate the male and female toilets on both campuses to include replacement of 38 toilets and 6 sinks, re-tiling, general repairs to wooden doors and doorframes; and painting.
  • Conduct of a maintenance and sustainability training workshop for the Project Monitoring Committee, development of a maintenance plan and the provision of a tool kit.
  • Launch a publicity campaign as part of a public health programme in proper toilet etiquette for students which will involve a poster, jingle and essay competition by students.
  • The physical improvement to the school, in keeping with established standards, is expected to provide a safe, more student-friendly, health-promoting environment.
  • The renovated students’ toilets will contribute towards enhanced privacy and the well-being of the school’s population.  When coupled with the public education programme, will inculcate good toilet etiquette, personal hygiene habits and social responsibility in students.  The cleanliness standards and overall image of the school’s toilets will also be raised.  In addition, access to additional safe, student-friendly laboratory environment for teaching and learning will reduce the competition for space and allow for the quality delivery of the science curricula.   Among the youth, the opportunities for interaction within youth-friendly spaces will mitigate against gang involvement.
  • Investments in secondary level education will increase opportunities to gain marketable skills for employment and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.  Investments in new facilities, fixtures and fittings will contribute to a reduction in maintenance costs of school’s assets.