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The President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, the Vice President of the Republic, Marvin Rodriguez, the Minister of Education, Guiselle Cruz, and the Vice Ministers of Planning and Regional Coordination, Paula Villalta, and Academic, Melania Brenes, linked this Thursday morning to four schools restored in 2020, representative of the 79 educational infrastructure projects completed last year, despite the pandemic.

Through its Directorate of Educational Infrastructure (DIE), the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) worked on 165 construction projects, of which 79 were completed with an investment of ₡,95, for the benefit of 32 thousand students.

From the Cartago Night School, the President and the Minister of Education connected with the iconic Alajuela Institute, the República de Nicaragua School in San José and the Carmen Lyra de Cóbano School in Puntarenas.

The activity brought together various authorities from the MEP, as well as students, who shared with the leaders their impressions about the opportunities that are open to them to start a new school year under the new combined modality.

“Our commitment is to bridge the gaps, particularly in education. In order to have a positive impact on the development of a prosperous society that benefits everyone, we must aim to develop the skills, opportunities and bridge-building of the bicentennial generations,” said President Alvarado.

The President highlighted the efforts being made by the Government to ensure that there is only one Costa Rica, without exclusions, and gave special emphasis to the more than ¢35 billion invested in the implementation, contracting and design of educational infrastructure in the 79 educational centres completed in 2020. “If we want to be a single country, we must have a single education,” Alvarado stressed.

Four representative works

This is the detail of the four educational infrastructure works of the 79 completed in 2020 by the MEP, with which President Alvarado and Minister Cruz were connected this Thursday:

The Cartago Night School, whose investment reached ₵600 million, served as the setting for President Alvarado, who was able to visit the second construction stage which includes an administrative area, laboratories, sanitary batteries and classrooms.

This night school serves a population of 1682 people and offers the academic modality. It was born in 1944, to provide education to the people in greatest need, who had to work during the day but dreamed of forging a better future for themselves. Today its prestige and trajectory distinguish it.

In the Alajuela Institute, the investment made by some ₵3 800 million, will serve to continue serving 2017 young people and 1 115 people in its night mode. Founded in 1887, it was declared in 1997 as a Meritorious and Centenary Institution of Costa Rican Education.

The works included the remodelling and refurbishment of the existing infrastructure and electromechanical system of the academic pavilions, on two levels; the gymnasium, the roofed court and existing laboratories, dressing rooms and swimming pool; total indoor remodelling; and the construction of 1,584 m² of administrative building and 422 m² of night school administration.

The dining room and the soda fountain, the home education workshop and 184 m² of stands in front of the existing swimming pool were also built; the exterior lighting, the electrical connection, the electrical board, medium voltage and the laying of 288 m² of paving stones were all refurbished. In addition, a bicycle rack and a security system were included.

Ricardo Barrantes Ramírez, director of the Alajuela Institute, said: “All of us from Alajuela are very proud to have a staff like the one we have today and we hope that God will allow us to use it as it was conceived, because to the great investment goes also the great preparation of our young people, especially in a world as globalized as the one we know”.

The República de Nicaragua School, in the Hospital district of the Central canton of San José, and located in one of the vulnerable areas in the south of the capital, was handed over to the community for the use of almost 400 students.

The works had a total cost of ¢593 264 962 and included the construction of a new sanitary battery, remodeling of existing toilets, change or restoration of floors, door ceilings, placement of external gates, repair of walls and full painting of the physical plant, as well as the placement of aluminum frames and laminated glass windows.

From Cóbano, Puntarenas, the Carmen Lyra School joined the activity. It is an educational centre with 239 students.

The work, which began on 6 January 2020 and ended on 2 December, cost a total of ¢547,253,434. The work included the remodeling of the administrative and computer area, as well as the construction of an isolated academic classroom, an attached academic classroom, two preschool classrooms, a battery of sanitary services, a dining room, a special education classroom equipped with a shower, dressing room and sanitary service, a roofed court, reception area, perimeter enclosure, space for a soda fountain, covered passages and has electrical, gas, sewage and rain water treatment services, as well as a fire alarm.

“We start this 2021, full of motivation and hope, because with these projects that are part of a group of 8 educational centres that have been built in the districts of Lepanto, Cóbano and Paquera, the learning conditions of our children and young people will be improved. The conclusion and progress of these projects is a sign that we are making important efforts to ensure that these benefits reach all corners of the country,” said the Vice President of the Republic, Marvin Rodriguez.

86 projects this 2021

Of the remaining 86 projects that began in 2020, 61 institutions are under construction, with an investment of ₡41,781,055,758.26; likewise, 25 are in the process of being awarded, which, to date, carry an investment of ₡24,962,221,785.85.

“These results, even in times of pandemic, respond, in part, to the reorganization process of the Directorate of Educational Infrastructure (DIE) initiated in 2019, with the aim of having a more efficient and better planned organization,” said the Minister of Education, Guiselle Cruz, for whom it is a matter of pride to show the fruit of the uninterrupted work of the MEP in the integral offer of the educational service.

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