The Region Three Regional Democratic Council (RDC) today, commissioned a $77M education complex at Vreed-en-Hoop.
The cost takes into consideration the $43M building; a $17M cold storage; a $12M generator room (with generator installed and configured) and the driveway and open bond for $5M.
The new complex replaces the old education building which was gutted by fire in 2009. As a result of the blaze, many documents were destroyed and offices displaced. It also affected staff morale and threatened the full functionality of the education department in the region. Some 16 education officers and other staff were housed in the Learning Resource Centre in the same compound.
Speaking at today’s commissioning ceremony, Senior Project Officer, Ministry of Communities, Karen Roopchand spoke said that the administration recognizing the urgency and importance of such a facility to the region and by extension, the country, prioritized the reconstruction of the education department building.
In his remarks, Regional Executive Officer, Denis Jaikaran said that the government has delivered yet another promise to the people of the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara Region. “What we are experiencing here are promises made and fulfilled by this government …it is, therefore, important to note that you maintain what you have (here) to the best of your ability.”
Regional Education Officer, Annesta Douglas noted that the project is a significant achievement for the education department. She expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the existence of the facility.