Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Elementary School San Jose Village Orange Walk-Belize

Belmopan, Monday, 14th January, 2013: A new school building that will benefit over 434 students of San Jose Village in the Orange Walk District was officially inaugurated this morning by the Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Gaspar Vega.

The San Jose Government School project was implemented by the Social Investment Fund in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and was financed by the Government of Belize through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) at a total cost of $461, 875,000.

The works scope for the project included repairs to a building measuring 26 ft by 70 ft long including the removal of the existing roof system and replacing it with reinforced concrete slab and beams; installation of solid timber doors and aluminum windows with security grilles, upgrading of the electrical system, replacement of existing celotex partitions with metal structures and painting of the walls.   

The project also included the construction of a first floor  above the repaired building measuring 26ft by 64ft long.  The ground floor will house 3 classrooms while the first floor will house two additional classrooms and a computer room. Construction of male and female bathrooms blocks equipped with separate units to serve students with special needs were also included as part of the project.  Other works included repairs to the staff bathroom block, upgrading of the school’s kitchenette and supply of kitchen equipment, school furniture and repairs to the school building adjacent to the newly constructed building. These repairs included painting and replacement of fascia boards. The school contributed $3,500 towards the project.

San Jose Village is the second largest village in the Orange Walk District and is located some 8 miles from Orange Walk Town. The village has 2,533 residents.  The first settlers of San Jose came from San Estevan Village.  Most of the residents are engaged  in sugar cane farming, but some are also engaged in the construction industry.

The San Jose school has an enrollment of 434 students and a staff of 18 teachers. In recent years the school registered a 13% increase in student enrollment placing great pressure on the school’s infrastructure. However, with the new project, students and teachers will now have ample space and a healthier educational environment.

Other speakers at the official inauguration of the school building included Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, representatives of the Social Investment Fund and the Management of the San Jose Government School.

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, email at mike.hernandez@sifbelize.org or Cell No. 634-4002.

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