In the upcoming school term, the La Seiva Community council is urging parents to continue to support the La Seiva homework centre.
The centre was founded in 2005 by Bartholomew and Shirley Selvon, with the aid of the United Nations Development Programme to provide support to at-risk school children of the Maracas Valley.
The UNDP funded the centre until 2007 but since then the community has been solely in charge of operations, which they managed mainly through volunteered assistance and an annual Carnival cooler fete.
Bartholomew Selvon died in October last year, but his family have pushed on with the school, as they knew it was one of his passions.
However, they admit it has been a struggle even getting regular attendance.
“We usually have 12 to 15 children but sometimes it’s seven, six,” said Shirley Selvon.
She said it was also difficult to get volunteers as several parents in the areas were consumed by their jobs.
“We know a lot of them work two jobs but if we could get people to just give a little time that would be nice,” said Selvon.
She explained that the school also needed some upgrades to its amenities such as restrooms and other facilities; but she said, the centre continued to prove its resilience.
“We struggle to stay up, but we are still around,” said Selvon who explained that the school helped students with topics even their parents didn’t fully get the grasp of at home.”