Harvey Vale and Hillsborough Government Schools officially opened the doors to brand new libraries on Friday April 23, 2021. The two primary schools were the first in Carriacou to receive new libraries from GND Schools Incorporated (GSI). This was made possible by supporting donors, Dan and Jane Lazenby of the United Kingdom who contributed twenty thousand pounds towards the Projects.
GSI presented a newly constructed 625 square foot library to Harvey Vale Government School while Hillsborough Government School received a beautifully renovated library space with infrastructural upgrades. Each library features new furnishings and a collection of over 1,000 books.
The Principal at Harvey Vale Government School Thereia Lendore, in thanking GSI for the thoughtful gift, said it will help the school to achieve its existing pledge, to develop good readers.
Representing the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senior Administrative Officer, Dr Vernesta Noel Smart, endorsed GSI’s initiative. “The new library will present an opportunity to foster a knowledge driven community,” she said.
During the official handing over ceremony of the Hillsborough Government School Library, Principal Barbara Charles praised GSI for the addition of the valuable resource which she believes will become the cornerstone of the community and the surrounding villages.
Present at the launches was the District Education Officer for Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Rosalina Lendore. She extended heartfelt appreciation to GSI for its partnership with the Ministry of Education and for investing in the future of the nation’s children.
Also applauding the efforts of GSI was Ms. Rholda Quamina, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs.
The opening of the two latest school libraries in Carriacou marks a significant milestone for GSI. For the third time in the organization’s history, two libraries have been launched in one day.
The Library Development Programme is part of GSI’s continuing thrust to enhance the literacy development of the nation’s primary schools. This is being accomplished through its “B.I.G. Vision” of Building Libraries, Increasing Educational Achievement and Growing Learners. The Chief Executive Officer at GSI, is Mrs Andrea Phillip.
GND Schools Inc. is collaborating with the Government of Grenada, through the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Religious Affairs & Information. Support is given by main donors, Michael and Melanie Sherwood of the United Kingdom along with local trustees: Leo Garbutt of the Calabash Hotel, Lyden Ramdhanny and Jason Roberts.