Discovery Bay All Age Expansion and Rehabilitation- Jamaica

Country Jamaica
Approved March 23, 2015
Programme
BNTF 7
Overview

The Discovery Bay All Age School infrastructure is significantly inadequate to accommodate the 514 (285 male, 229 female) students and 26 (4 male, 22 female) staff. In an attempt to address the overcrowding, the school has instituted a triple shift system, resulting in reduced teaching/learning time, which impacts negatively on the quality of education offered at the school. As a result of the overcrowding at the school, the administrative block is housed in a container, and two classes are held in an unpaved covered area between two containers, which is hot and unhealthy due to dust and also uncomfortable. The school also faces challenges with inadequate sanitation facilities with one washroom for the 22 female members of staff.

The school is also challenged by a lack of fencing at the back of the school which has resulted in residents from the nearby communities entering onto the school compound to steal electricity and vandalize the facility.

Objectives

Grant funds will:

  • Expansion

– Construct an eight-classroom block, complete with staff room and sanitation block.

  • Rehabilitation & Provision of Equipment

– Fencing of the compound;

– Construction of four access ramps;

– Construction of a drinking trough;

– Termite Treatment of existing building

– Replacement of windows;

– Provision of one skip;

– Supply of eight teacher’s desks and chairs;

– Supply of 320 student’s desks and chairs

Benefits
  • Children and families from low socio-economic background who reside in communities which lead into the school will benefit from the proposed improvements to the school. A total of 540 persons (289 males and 251 females) from eight surrounding communities will benefit directly from this project. In particular, children and staff with disabilities will benefit from the installation of four ramps. The fencing of the facilities will enhance overall student and staff safety and improve security of the school facilities and resources.