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Uruguay : More than 1,000 high schools in Dolores have a renovated educational center.

After the tornado of April 15, 2016, the n 1 school of Dolores had become unusable and homeless. The Government invested 48 million pesos in its remodeling. While the work lasted, mobile classrooms were used. Since March 1, 2019, students have a renovated high school with 13 classrooms, three laboratories, a library and a multipurpose room. It is planned to install a museum in one of the upper areas.

The No. 1 Dr. Roberto Taruselli High School was one of the educational structures most affected by the tornado that affected the city of Dolores, in Soriano, three years ago. He had lost the roof and an important part of his infrastructure was seriously damaged. Within the framework of the policy deployed by the Government, the recovery of these spaces was decided.

While the work lasted, the educational institution worked in mobile classrooms installed a few blocks from the school. The young people, teachers and the team of directors immediately resumed the activities in that place ready to not lose class time. Currently, 1,060 students attend the new building between the basic and diversified baccalaureate and more than 120 teachers.

Mariel Bazn, director of the institution that operates in front of the main square of the city, explained that the work involved on the one hand the reconstruction of the affected areas and on the other the construction of new infrastructure, arranged in what was the courtyard of the building . The whole property, of more than 2,700 m2, has Firemen's rating.

On the ground floor there are several rooms and laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology and computers, a management room, a secretariat and a canteen. On the second level, several new rooms were arranged. In the third level, a new light roof was placed due to the possibilities offered by the structure and a larger area was used as a multipurpose room. In another space on the top floor is planned to install a museum of the high school and another of the Fiesta de la Primavera, traditional celebration of the city.

"There are five new classrooms. In total we have 16 classrooms, counting the three laboratories, "explained the director of the institution, adding that improvements include stairs that connect the old and new areas, and act as an emergency exit. The tornado had also destroyed doors, windows, walls, furniture and other spaces that have been recovered. Accessibility and access to health services were added to the improvements. The total investment exceeded 48 million pesos.

The center maintains an open area that functions as a central courtyard in which a group of alumni painted a shield of the institution. The commitment of the educational community was also evidenced by the contribution of other alumni who donated televisions, air conditioners, projectors, clocks and other items. In addition, a group of art students painted a mural inside the building.

The director of Secondary, Ana Olivera, highlighted the sense of heritage that represents the high school and the importance of the recovery of the center for the community. He recalled that in a few months will be delivered the new building of No. 2 Dolores high school, which should have been built practically from scratch, due to the magnitude of the damage caused by the tornado. So far, students receive classes in mobile classrooms.

The works of the liceo no. 1 are inaugurated on Thursday 23 at 1:30 pm, with the presence of education authorities.

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Date:May 23, 2019
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