By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize in collaboration with the European Union (EU) will inaugurate three pre-schools in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts on Tuesday, 25th April, at 1:30 p.m on the compound of the Trial Farm Government Primary School, Trial Farm Village, Orange Walk District.
The three pre-schools were constructed with financing from the EU and the Government of Belize under the Accompanying Measures for Sugar (AMS) 2012 programme, at a cost of 600,000 Euros or BZD $1,140,000.
Over 150 students will have access to early childhood education which will set the foundation for the life long process of learning by equipping children with the basic literacy and social skills.
The schools were designed using an inclusive approach so that children of all backgrounds and diverse needs will have access to a quality early childhood education. The schools are equipped with ramps for wheelchair access, restroom facilities catered to students with special needs, defined multiple interest learning centers, playground and all relevant furniture.
“The EU’s aim is to contribute to Belize’s efforts to achieve access to education for every child, so that every person is able to achieve his/her full potential,” said Malgorzata Wasilewska, Head of Delegation of the European Union. Wasilewska added that “early childhood education is the base on which future success is built and so we are happy to be part of any action that supports improved access to education especially for under-served populations.”
Through the AMS programme, which aims to reduce poverty through support to the sugar industry and the vulnerable groups negatively affected by changes associated with the price reform, the EU has over the years contributed significantly to improving the living standards of the rural population in Northern Belize.
Major sugar feeder roads rehabilitation and construction projects have been undertaken; low interest loans are being provided to small-scale farmers to support the sugar cane replanting programme; and new buildings have been constructed to increase the number of educational spaces for early childhood education in Belize.
The event is expected to be attended by the EU Head of Delegation to Belize, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska; Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Economic Development & Petroleum Her Excellency Yvonne Hyde; Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education Deborah Domingo; the contractors; other dignitaries; as well as representatives of the surrounding villages; chairmen of the various cane farmers’ associations; and other senior public officials.
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