The Government of Saint Lucia has received financing from the World Bank for construction of an ‘ultra-modern smart block’ of the Micoud Secondary School.
The funds were obtained through the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP).
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Friday posted on his official Facebook page that through a competitive bidding process, Cepal Holdings Ltd was awarded the 5.8-million-dollar contract to undertake the project within 15 months.
The School is expected to serve as an emergency shelter capable of providing continuity of service to approximately 700 students and 350 patrons during and within the aftermath of natural disasters.
According to the post on the PM’s Facebook page, within a three-year period, the project went from conceptualization, to securing funding, finalizing designs and the commencement of construction.
The Micoud Secondary School, which has an enrollment of nearly 700 students, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert recalls having visited the school in 2017 amid protests over the physical condition of the institution, in particular the third form block.
The Micoud North MP said she agreed at the time with students and teachers that the block was in a deplorable state and could not be used to house them.
“I remember making the bold decision that we should knock down the block,” she said in a video report posted on the PM’s official Facebook page, adding that a commitment was made to build a ‘smart block’.
Thereafter community consultations followed.
Rigobert explained that the smart block being built will be technologically, energy, climate and people smart especially in terms of accommodating children with disabilities.