Residents of Number 36 Village, East Berbice, Corentyne, are thrilled that the community will soon have a new building to house a nursery and primary school. A contract was recently signed for the construction of a new nursery school at Number 36 Village, Corentyne.
This new development was made possible after Managing-Director of Nand Persaud and Company Limited, Mohinder Persaud, donated the plot of land, just over an acre in size, for the construction of a new school building and playfield.
Memorex Construction has been awarded the $30M contract for the construction of the two-storey building.
The upper-flat of the building will house the primary school, while the lower will accommodate nursery pupils.
Construction is to begin within two weeks and should be completed within six months.
The modern building will be adequately furnished with a library, information technology lab, canteen and sick bay.
Additionally, the school will be constructed with differently-abled children in mind.
Currently, the Number 36 Village nursery and primary schools are housed in a church building that is rented and is in a deteriorating state.
Regional Executive Officer (REO) Kim Stephens said the school initially had a population of approximately 130 students; however, that amount has increased by 25 per cent, thereby making the current location overcrowded.
Meanwhile, Mohin Persaud, one of the directors of the Nand Persaud Group of Companies, said he was approached by Regional Vice-Chairman Dennis Deroop who pleaded with him for the land. It was after much persuasion by Deroop that the land was donated by Persaud.
“I wasn’t too interested in speaking with the Vice-Chairman about the land, but he was very persuasive and managed to convince me to give this plot of land. After hearing of the troubles of the school… I decided to make this donation for the benefit of all,” Persaud told the Guyana Chronicle.
Additionally, Persaud said many of his family members had attended the school and views the gesture as giving back to the community.