Share A Guadeloupe-based organization, CORECA has presented seventy thousand euros to the Ministry of Education.The presentation which made to Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint-Jean at the Fort Young Hotel on Friday 23 October 2015.Twenty thousand euros was collected from a relief concert hosted for Dominica which one thousand people attended, while fifty thousand euros was collected from St Barts. The funds are to assist with renovations of the Delices and Soufriere Primary Schools which were damaged by Tropical Storm Erika.Project coordinator of CORECA, Delia Debois said they were moved to help the education sector because after a natural disaster children are the ones most affected.“They lose relatives, friends and their environment is completely destroyed so these were the things that were keeping them deeply rooted in their world and so we decided that they needed to have something to rely on and this thing was school”.“Plus we are teachers, most of us are teachers in CORECA, and this is something that we could do for Dominica, helping the government and pupils to go back to their school to avoid having a long drive to school. So I think that is something good for them and for after a time of grief and sorrow to have something to rely on,” Dubois added.CORECA, which was established in 1991, said it will now focus on helping Dominica to repair or rebuild schools that were affected.“The second step now is to focus on rehabilitation, it is for us to identify today the priority needs for these schools and channel the solution necessary to respond to them,” Dubois added. “The students in Guadeloupe also wanted to help Dominica so I can already say that a school will be able to supply part of the furniture for one of the schools,” she indicated.Minister for Education Petter Saint Jean said the donation will be of significant benefit to his Ministry as two schools; the Delices Primary and the Soufriere Primary, while not completely destroyed, “have been seriously affected and in both cases will require considerable amounts to return operations to normal”.“Access to the Delices Primary School has been seriously compromised and the roof requires repairs and that, as of now, makes it impossible for class to resume at the school plant. In fact, the Delices Primary School, is now housed at the Delices youth centre,” Minister Saint Jean said.The Education Minister expressed gratitude to CORECA for the donation which will help to bring a state of normalcy back to the Delices and Soufriere Primary Schools.“At the Soufriere Primary School, the heavy rains of Tropical Storm Erika caused silting of the classrooms and eroded the school’s retaining wall, also inflicted serious damage to the fencing. In fact, I’ve been advised that the new retaining wall will have to be looked at and that will increase security and decrease the school’s vulnerability in the event of inclement weather,” he said. Minister Saint Jean said his Dominica Labour Party government “remains committed to providing our children with top quality education that prepares them for successful lives”.“Tropical Storm Erika dealt us a major blow but it has not shaken our resolve to ensuring that our vision for the children of Dominica is fulfilled. I believe that despite the many challenges we have already made significant strides as we were able to reopen all of our seventy-five schools one month following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika,” Minister Saint Jean indicated.– / 19 Tweet EducationLocalNewsPrimaryRegional CORECA donates $70,000€ to Education Ministry by: Dominica Vibes News – October 24, 2015 Share Share 300 Views no discussions Sharing is caring!