Grenada Schools Inc Receives Donation of US$15,000 from Rotary Club of Grenada East

Chief Executive Officer at Grenada Schools Inc, Andrea Phillip and President of the Rotary Club of Grenada East, Shiloni Joseph, Rotary Club of Grenada East Members at back

Grenada Schools Inc has partnered with the Rotary Club of Grenada East to renovate and refurbish a primary school library in St Andrew.

Grenada Schools received a donation of US$15,000 from the Rotary Club of Grenada East to assist with the renovation of the library at the Tivoli RC School. A cheque presentation was made during a luncheon at the Estuary in Grenville on Thursday, 21 September 2017.

Grenada Schools is on a mission to promote literacy and is working in collaboration with a worldwide non-profit organisation Room to Read, and the Ministry of Education & Human Resource Development to deliver its project: ‘Strengthening the Foundations for Early Literacy in Grenada.’

One of the main objectives of the literacy project is to ensure the presence of 21st century, efficient and effective primary school libraries at all 56 primary schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Speaking at the luncheon, Chief Executive Officer at Grenada Schools Inc, Andrea Phillip said: “Throughout the 2015 to 2018 timeline of the project, the organisation has made a commitment to Government to do a number of things to strengthen the foundations of early literacy, by targeting Grade One children, particularly in terms of curriculum development. The first year of the project we developed some core curriculum materials, a phonics-based reading system that is now institutionalised in all Grade One classrooms across Grenada, along with teacher manuals and this is accompanied by a lot of teacher training.”

Phillip expressed her appreciation to the Rotary Club of Grenada East and said their donation represents a significant percentage of the overall cost to be incurred for the Tivoli RC School Library Project, at least 77%. The school will receive a complete renovation to the existing library space, including an infrastructure upgrade, installation of new furnishings and a collection of books.

To date, 13 primary school libraries have been successfully completed, with the most recent renovation in September 2017 at the St Michael’s RC School. In the absence of a national library in Grenada over the past 10 years, Grenada Schools has taken a proactive approach to filling that gap, by enhancing library spaces through renovations, expansions or by building new libraries from ground zero. The main donors of Grenada Schools Inc are Michael and Melanie Sherwood of the United Kingdom, and local trustees including Leo Garbutt, Lyden Ramdhanny and Jason Roberts.

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