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Stella Maris celebrate 60 years of service to Belize

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 1:50 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, Stella Maris Primary School is celebrating 60 years of dedicated service to Belize under the theme: “Stella Marris at 60 years: overcoming obstacles and embracing challenges”.

Principal Karima Oshon told BBN that the school is proud to celebrate its 60-year milestone of commitment to working with students with different disabilities. “ The school started in April, 1958. There was an incident with a child who had viral meningitis and that is how it started,” Oshon explained.

The school has expanded and now has 105 students; 73 boys and 32 girls. The students range from ages 4 to 17.

Stella Maris caters to students with autism, ADHD, Cerebral palsy, visual impairment, and deafness among other disabilities.

The school works with a multi-grade class system because all students are not at the same level and students are arranged by ages.

Oshon told BBN that the school is encouraging businesses and government departments to open their doors to the students for their work experience.

The students about to leave the school conduct their work experience in different phases. They began in October last year in the morning going to selected businesses to work and learn about the environment.

Their experience is then assessed and are prepared for phase 2. In February, 2018, they visited the businesses again for 1 entire day to continue their work experience.

The last phase includes the students going out for two entire weeks to complete their work experience with the businesses.

Oshon says that she is asking and hoping that the business community will open their doors and allow the students to work, learn and gain valuable information about entering the workforce.

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