A total of 347 students from 12 primary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will receive cash and book vouchers compliments the Zero Hunger Trust Fund (ZHTF).
On Monday, the students, who are in Grade 3 & 4, will each receive EC$640 and EC$680, respectively.
Speaking during his weekly appearance on NBC Radio on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves further said that the students who are promoted to Grade 3 will get an EC$290 book certificate, while those moving to Grade 4 will get one valued at EC$330.
In 2016, the ZHTF “adopted” the kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms of a number of schools because the 2012 census showed they were located in areas with “intractable” poverty, Gonsalves said.
The selected schools are: Barrouallie Anglican, Calliaqua Government, Clare Valley Government, Fancy Government, Lauders Government, Rose Hall Government, Barrouallie Government, Chateaubelair Government, Fair Hall Government, Gomea Methodist, Mayreau Government and the Sandy Bay Government.
The prime minister said: “One of the actionable items in the Zero Hunger Trust Fund policy, their framework, is to review and improve the provision of resources, such as books, uniforms and meals to maximize primary school attendance because education is one ah the ways out ah poverty.”
Gonsalves reiterated that annually he donates to the ZHTF one month’s salary after tax, some EC$9,000.