GIS: The Government of Grenada in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development’s SEED Unit has launched its 2016 School Uniform program.
The program falls under the umbrella of the Ministry’s Support for Education Empowerment and Development (SEED) Program which is geared towards assisting the vulnerable families throughout Grenada.
Minister for Implementation in the Prime Minister’s Ministry Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel, Senior Administrative Officer within the Prime Minister’s Ministry Mrs. Naomi Jeremiah and SEED Program Manager Mrs. Lenora George- Buckmire addressed the media during launch.
Minister Otway-Noel announced that over 1000 vouchers have been completed and the application process is ongoing as the Government targets last year’s figures of 4000 beneficiaries.
Hon. Otway-Noel said one million dollars have been budgeted for the program.
There has been a shift in the funding for the program for the students of Primary and Secondary Schools.
According to Jeremiah in previous years, Primary school students received a voucher of fifty dollars, this amount has been increased to one hundred dollars per student. The funds for secondary students have also been increased from one hundred to one hundred and fifty dollars per student.
A total of four hundred dollars will be allotted to each household where necessary.
Program Manager George-Buckmire said the SEED Unit will use the 2015 model to execute the uniforms program this year. She described last year’s execution as a success and said the Unit is anticipating a smooth implementation for 2016.
According to George-Buckmire the relationships the Ministry forged with the schools and Principals are responsible for the successful implementation of the program.
The vouchers are valid for three months until September 30th 2016.
Business owners are charged to continue supporting the Government and the Uniform’s Program, as the cries for help from the vulnerable families are answered.