Deputy Premier and Minister Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Hon. Natalio Wheatley said, delivering a modern educational facility for Jost Van Dyke (JVD) is one of his top priorities at this time.
Hon. Wheatley was among speakers addressing residents on Monday, December 21 2020, on the occasion of the contract signing for the development phase of the project between government and AEC Consulting Engineering Ltd.
“I pledge to the people of JVD, I pledge to the district representative that for me, this is priority number one in the education system right now, so we will get it done for you. We have what we need to get the project rolling, and we can expect a state of the art, modern facility to be built for the people of JVD,” he remarked.
He added, “It is time for us to get the ball rolling and putting these young persons in a school, in a structure that they deserve and we are happy that we are at this point now.”
In the meantime, Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie
said it was a day to celebrate.
“We need to celebrate today. Some say why do we come here signing a contract today, we have no school? But the last time I checked, when a woman is pregnant, they have a shower! The reason why they have a shower is the expectation that greatness is coming forth, and you celebrate the greatness that is coming forth! So we now are pregnant with the designs, and we come to hold our public shower so that we can get you the people onboard so that you can expect the finish.”
The school will be relocated to the hillside adjacent to the present location on JVD, as per the request of residents.
In the meantime, while the structure – which will be a modified replica of the new Enis Adams Primary School in Myers Estate on Tortola – is being built, school sessions will continue at the current location until the new structure is completed and move-in ready. The old site will then be altered to create recreational space for the community.