Thursday 15 November, 2018

Photos: Sagicor Foundation boosts three basic schools

Chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, R. Danny Williams shares a moment with children from the one of the foundation's adopted basic schools.

Chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, R. Danny Williams shares a moment with children from the one of the foundation's adopted basic schools.

The Sagicor Foundation has selected three basic schools from across the island to be a part of its Adopt-A-School programme for the school year 2018/2019.

The programme aims to invest in the long-term sustainability of the schools through overall improvement of the institutions’ infrastructural development.

Following a nomination and assessment process, Clifton Basic School in Portmore, St Catherine; Chantilly Basic School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland and Tobolski Basic School in Brown’s Town, St. Ann were selected based on their varying needs.

Speaking at the official launch for the new cohort of adopted schools at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday, Chairman of the Sagicor Foundation, R. Danny Williams beamed with pride as he spoke to the rich history and legacy of the Adopt-A-School programme, which dates to the days of Life of Jamaica.

Williams noted that the Sagicor Foundation remains committed to caring, inspiring and serving, with the aim of helping to create a brighter and better future for the nation’s children, setting them on a path to achieving greatness from a tender age.

“With a focus on contributing to creating a sustainable environment for our children to learn, our hope is that at the end of the partnership, with an upgraded, comfortable and safe space to learn, the students will be well on their way to becoming the next big move.

Chorvelle Johnson, CEO of Sagicor Bank, in her address at the launch shared that Sagicor remains committed to its vision of “improving the lives of the people in the communities in which we operate”, noting that the Adopt-A-School programme is just one example of the many initiatives the Sagicor Foundation undertakes which positively impacts the lives of so many Jamaicans - this particular programme touches the lives of the students, the teachers, parents, and by extension the communities and the country.

Since its inception, the Adopt-A-School programme has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of children island-wide and has left an indelible mark in the various communities where the schools are located. For last year’s programme, the Sagicor Foundation invested over $12 million dollars in upgrades for three basic schools and is projected to invest approximately $15 million dollars at the three schools this year into next year.

Sagicor Foundation's Adopt-a-school programme

More photos in the gallery.

The funds will primarily be used to enhance the schools’ physical infrastructure – ranging from building additional classrooms, sick bay, fixing roofs, lighting and bathroom fixtures and expansion and upgrades for play-areas. In addition to renovation works, as part of the programme, several social and educational activities are held for the children throughout the period, to include – a Christmas treat, health fair, reading day and school’s closing fete.

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