The principal and staff of the Malick Secondary School have gone an extra mile in this season of caring and giving for on teacher at the institution.
Natasha Lewis a teacher at the school, was born with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. As a result, she is unable to properly access some of the facilities on the school compound.
In August, principal Harry Jaikaran and his staff successfully negotiated with corporate sponsors Massy Foundation and the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) for construction of two critical facilities to make Lewis’ life a little bit easier.
Massy Foundation funded construction of a fully-equipped washroom for differently-abled persons and this was completed during the current vacation period.
NLCB is sponsoring the construction of a driveway from the school’s main car park to the Block L, where Lewis’ class is located. This will allow her to circumvent all staircases to reach her classroom. The sod turning ceremony to start construction of the driveway took place last Friday and it is expected to be completed in time for the new term.
Commenting on the initiative, Education Minister Anthony Garcia praised the school administration for displaying real love towards one of their colleagues, which is in keeping with the Christmas spirit. He said this act demonstrates the kind of positive partnership which exists among educational stakeholders to the benefit of the nation’s education system.
Lewis was assigned to Malick Secondary on September 3, 2014, as a TVT 1 teacher to teach Dressmaking/Tailoring. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Degree from UTT and is also a talented graphic artist.