Education is a powerful driver of community and economic development; it is key for reducing poverty, increasing equality of opportunities, encouraging innovation, and strengthening institutions. By investing in education, Sint Maarten will contribute to individual and societal well-being, providing growth and prosperity to the island.
On behalf of the government of Sint Maarten, the NRPB has started to prepare the Fostering Resilient Learning Project to invest in educational needs on the island. With the help of the Trust Fund, US$30 million was allocated to improve operational aspects of the Ministry of Education by designing and building a Management Information System, the reconstruction of selected schools, and the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.
Together with the Government of Sint Maarten, the NRPB is working towards preparing for the following project objectives: To (i) restore access to a safe education, learning and cultural environment and (ii) improve the resilience of Sint Maarten’s education system. The plan is to achieve this by:
- Rebuilding safer schools that withstand Irma category hurricanes and provide safe learning environments for all students, including items as wheelchair access
- Focus on improving educational capacities to support children with special needs and behavioral issues
- Support the development of an inclusive educational framework/policy
- Rebuild the Sint Maarten Jubilee Library and strengthening the learning and cultural environment to include a community multipurpose center
- Strengthen the Ministry of MECYS’s management capacities by introducing a Ministry Management Information System
- Create access to a quality learning environment