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
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
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.
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. Placencia Anglican Pre-school
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
, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Youth, the Social Investment Fund and the Placencia Pre-School Management. Belize
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Cell No. 634-4002.