Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NEW ANGLICAN PRE-SCHOOL IN PLACENCIA VILLAGE

New Placencia Pre-school building
Minister Hulse and and Ms Deborah Domingo, General Manager of Anglican Schools in Belize, cutting the symbolic ribbon

The new pre-school building has enhanced the learning environment of the students


Belmopan, Wednesday, 23th November, 2011:  The new Placencia Anglican  Pre-School was officially inaugurated at 10 a.m. this morning, 23rdth November in Placencia Village in the Stann Creek District.

The project, which will benefit over 40 children, was implemented by the Social Investment Fund (SIF) and financed by the Caribbean Development through its Basic Needs Trust Fund Sixth (BNTF6) Program at a total cost of $110,000.  BNTF6 is a program that promotes poverty reduction through socio-economic initiatives and community empowerment.  BNTF is jointly financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and nine beneficiary governments, including Belize.

The project consisted of the construction of a one-classroom Ferro-concrete building with zinc roof, reinforced concrete floor, reinforced masonry block walls, aluminum louvre windows, solid timber panel doors with a total floor area of 840 sq ft.  The building is equipped with two bathrooms and a kitchenette.

Placencia is a tourism village in the Stann Creek District located about 22 miles off the Southern Highway  at an intersection approximately 25 miles going south.  Its population is approximately 1,500 residents. Major economic activities in the village include fishing, diving, tour guiding, sport fishing and boat charters among many others.  There are a large number of restaurants and resorts in the village.

The Placencia Anglican Pre-school began operating in the village’s community centre in 2009 with some 25 children between the ages of three and five years old.  However, the  community centre lacked adequate space, which was shared on a monthly basis for animal clinics, various village meetings and other events.  The ceiling leaked when it rained and there was no child friendly outdoor play area.  The new pre-school building, therefore, will enhance the children’s educational environment and prepare them for primary school education.  Studies show that early childhood education is key to improved performance in primary and subsequent schooling.
Hon Melvin Hulse delivering the keynote address
Anglican Bishop Rev Philip Wright delivered some remarks and blessed the new pre-school building
The keynote speaker during the inauguration of the school was the Hon. Melvin Hulse, Minister of Transportation and NEMO and Area Representative for Stann Creek West.  Other speakers will include the Anglican Bishop of Belize, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Youth, the Social Investment Fund and the Placencia Pre-School Management.

Press Release No. 32  – 2011. For further information please contact Mr Mike Hernandez Jr. (Sr. J.P.), Director of Public Relations of the Social Investment Fund at Tel: 822-0239/0508 or via email at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org or Cell No. 634-4002.


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