Friday 6 December, 2019

School Improvement Project in Laventille/Morvant showing positive results

Education Minister Anthony Garcia said the School Improvement Project (SIP) project in the Morvant/Laventille area is reaping rewards.

The project was launched in November 2016. The three-year SIP pilot project, which has 20 primary schools and five secondary schools participating, focuses on four core areas: improving student performance; improving physical infrastructure and recreational amenities; encouraging greater parenting and community involvement and reducing indiscipline and violence in schools.

“It is a project that is dear to us… it is really designed to assist those persons who otherwise would have fallen through the cracks. Already we are seeing positive results. The number of dropouts in those areas has decreased, we have noticed that most of the students now want to come to school and remain in school and we noticed an increase in their literacy and numeracy achievements,” he said.

Taking note of Shell’s commitment to work with the Project, Garcia said once they take Shell up with its promise to assist with the initiative they would have far to go.

Garcia was speaking at the launch of the Queen's Royal College STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lab sponsored by Shell. 

In his address, Shell’s Vice President Derek Hudson said his company engages in a number of Social Performance Programmes.

“Whether it is our work in STEM education, our steelpan construction programmes in schools or strengthening education in so-called hotspots, we aim to provide hope and community,” he said.

He said the company’s investment in the Beetham Government Primary school and in literacy and student-centred programmes in six primary schools in East Port-of-Spain have resulted in greater improvements in reading levels, significantly improved behaviours among student and greater student interest in school activities, among others.

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