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Unite BVI donating $1M to rebuild secondary school

Bregado Flax Educational Centre is located on the island of Virgin Gorda.

Non-profit group Unite BVI has pledged $1 million to rebuild the Bregado Flax Educational Centre, Secondary Division, which was damaged by the hurricanes.

Minister of Education Myron Walwyn said roughly $600,000 of the funds will be used for repairing the roof, re-painting the facility, and doing other remedial work.

“That doesn’t include the electrical work but there are some additional things that we had intended to do later on and we want those to be part of the redevelopment of the school,” Walwyn told BVI News.

He said some additional work will be done to the educational centre such as expanding the science lab and music programme which he described as small when compared to the programme at Elmore Stoutt High School on Tortola.

“There is also a need for space for the students to congregate and to hold assembly and different functions and we want that to be apart of it… so the million dollars will be earmarked towards helping with those things,” Walwyn said.

The Education Minister said work on the school is projected to be completed before the end of the year, adding that the school’s redevelopment will happen in two phases.

“The first phase is to get the school to a point where we can have whole-day school. The second phase will include the additional things and the other cosmetic improvements that I have mentioned,” he explained.

Walwyn said he will be meeting with another donor this week to get additional repair funding for the Virgin Gorda-based school.

Students are currently being schooled under a relatively small and temporary structure. They have been doing so since Hurricane Irma.

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  1. Concern says:

    I swear, 600K just for a roof – what is it made of? Is this with bids or just who minister wants to do the work- that seems excessive.

  2. Gumption.Offical says:

    Congratulations BFEC for getting the extra help to move forward. I always wonder why cost of fixing certain things always have an out of the world pric? Top of that Whoa unto all residents businessmen/woman who always over change on a job that’s indirectly/directly going to benefits in our community. You’ll believe the cost for the bathrooms at the Queen’s park, VG park and Lloyd park really cost tha cost they said to build it. It’s really time better overseaers take better look and as the public time to time about their thoughts (especially) it’s a public project and Tax money is involved.

  3. RCR says:

    Thank you Unite BVI for all the work you have done to raise this money for our young people. Thank you to all who donated to this cause. This goes to show what a group of people working together for a cause can do.
    I’m sorry the reporter did not see fit to highlight the group who is making this possible.

  4. Sam the man says:

    This is good news just needs a decent PM to oversee and be accountable – I would suggest he/she is not from the Government but independent … Every Government PM to my knowledge has overspent and over run, regarding quality I don’t think I need to say anything about that as it’s pretty self evident after Irma….

  5. Hmmm says:

    Just don’t put that money in Bald Head hands.

  6. Mathy says:

    Was this money raised by unite bvi to rebuild the school or was it raised to provide emergency assistance to the poor and elderly people of the bvi who had lost their houses. If most of this money was raised from the Sam Branson north sound video they were asking for it to rebuild shelters for homeless people nor rebuild schools with future larger music …

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