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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Monday, December 7, 2009 – The After School Pilot Project instituted at the Patience Combined School in October this year, has attracted the support and praise of Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South, Honourable Jeanine Compton, as well as that of the funding agency—the Organization of American States,OAS.

Miss Compton says the programme will enrich her young constituents from the environs of Patience, Mon Repos.

“I must say I am very impressed with the after school programme. It is indeed an excellent thing that the ministry of social transformation in collaboration with the OAS is doing. I think it will allow us in the district, as well as the country, to see the problems we have in our education system—to see where we fall short and what we can do to amend them,” Ms. Compton said.

The after school programme, currently instituted in Patience Mon Repos, La Maze, Choiseul and Faux-A-Chaud in Castries South, is the concept of the Ministry of Social Transformation, Youth and Sports.

OAS representative, Miss Ann Marie Blackman, paid a special visit to the school Thursday, to observe the programme first-hand.

“The idea is to visit all three communities that are taking part in this pilot programme. Mon Repos is the first stop, and really and truly the impressions are most favourable. I have had a chance to observe at least two of the activities, the IT/ computer programme and also the academic support—reading especially. I noticed that the children are interested, enthusiastic and very bright,” Miss Blackman said.

The ministry has already forwarded a proposal to relevant agencies with a view to harnessing support for the expansion of the programme to other areas in Saint Lucia.

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