Dominica Education Enhancement

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May 25, 2009 No. 8/09-BD DOMINICA EDUCATION ENHANCEMENT PROJECTTO RECEIVE CDB FINANCING The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a loan equivalent to USD4 million to the Government of Dominica to improve access to quality education at the primary and secondary levels. This project will see the upgrading and equipping of 63 primary schools and 14 secondary schools across the island, as well as the Curriculum Measurement and Evaluation Unit and four District Offices. These schools currently have a roll of approximately 15,000 students. Approximately 900 teachers and 75 principals will benefit from training in key academic subjects and non-academic areas such as special education, guidance counselling, early screening and diagnosis, multi-grade and differentiated teaching methods, numeracy instruction and educational assessment and curriculum implementation. In addition, the CDB financing will enable approximately 20 education officials to benefit from curriculum implementation training, improved school maintenance planning, materials production and early diagnosis and intervention for at-risk children.

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