Thursday, November 17, 2011

NEW BUILDING FOR STANN CREEK ECUMENICAL JUNIOR COLLEGE IN DANGRIGA

Cutting the symbolic ribbon at Stann Creek Ecumenical Jr College inauguration

Belmopan, Wednesday, 16th November, 2011:  The Social Investment Fund, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Youth, is pleased to announce the official inauguration of the new Stann Creek Junior College classroom building which will be held at 1 pm today at the project site in Dangriga.

The project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund and financed by the Government of Belize through its Commonwealth Debt Initiative (CDI) at a total cost of $382,263.00.

The project consisted of the construction of a one storey reinforced concrete school building with concrete roof and masonry block walls measuring 97ft  long by 25ft wide, having an area of 2,425 sq ft.  The building consists of three classrooms with both male and female bathrooms and two exterior stairs for future expansion. The building is equipped with hurricane storm guard windows, solid panel doors, and two roller metal structures for moveable partitions between classrooms.  Provisions for the installation of electricity, plumbing and a standard septic tank with soak-away  were also included as part of the project.  SIF also provided some teachers’ desks and chairs, six white boards and three bookshelves.

Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College is a community college established in August of 1986.  It serves the educational requirements of  students of Dangriga and surrounding communities.  The school offers Associate Degree  Programs in Arts, Business, Science, General Studies and  Primary Education.  To improve and increase the number of trained teachers the college offers the necessary education courses for the Associates in Primary Education.  In addition, the college also assists the Ministry of Education by offering a Certificate in Education, which started in July 2009.  These teacher training courses are implemented in conjunction with the Teachers Education Unit of the Ministry of Education. 

Better trained teachers will result in better PSE grades passes for primary students and therefore the new school building is considered imperative to improvement of  the quality of the learning environment at the Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College.

The southern region of Belize has traditionally been considered the most under-resourced part of the country.  According to the most recent Country Population Assessment (CPA) approximately 32% of the population in the Stann Creek District is living in poverty.

The Social Investment Fund is the Government’s main agency for the implementation of projects aimed at reducing poverty in Belize.  Since 2008,  SIF has implemented 20 major projects in the Stann Creek District valued at $6.7 million dollars. Twenty of these projects are in the area of education.

The keynote speaker at the official inauguration of the project will be the Hon.  Patrick Faber, Minister of Education and Youth.  Other speakers will include Hon. Arthur Roches, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Area Representative for Dangriga.  Addresses will also be delivered by officials of the Social Investment Fund and members of the Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College Administration.
Students and Teachers of Stann Creek Ecumenical Jr College

John Kunu Dancers at the inauguration of Stann Creek Ecumenical Jr College initiated activies for National Garifuna Settlement Day

Press Release No. 31  – 2011 For further information please contact Mr Mike Hernandez Jr. J.P., Director of Public Relations, Social Investment Fund at Tel: 822-0239 or via email at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org or Cell No. 634-4002.



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