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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2020. 9:28 am CST.

By BBN Staff: A group of seven undergraduate students at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and one undergraduate alumnus from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, will be tutoring secondary school students in Belize affected by the continued COVID-19 school closures.

All programme costs and expenses will be fully covered by the eight tutors and Sea Alms, a small spa and skin care company recently formed in Belmopan.

A statement from the group says that no Belizean student or family will incur any expense for this tutoring programme.

The group says that tutoring will begin as soon as possible and run at least until the end of May. Sessions will be held online once or twice a week.

The students inform that the curriculum will be tailored to the students’ current level, though it will focus on English and Math. The rigour will also be tailored to the students’ current circumstances, though tutors will try to provide tuition that’s as rigorous and complete as possible, to ensure students are prepared for sixth form or university college.

The not-for-profit tutoring programme was recently organised by Angel Navidad, a third-year undergraduate at Harvard from San Pedro, Belize, and his family, including his mom, Sarahy Benavidez, a partner at Sea Alms, and his boyfriend, Alec Shannon, a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Angel and Alec were able to recruit six undergraduate students at Harvard for tutoring, and will continue recruiting if the need arises. Sea Alms, currently staffed by Sarahy Benavidez and Amalia Pineda, will run all communications and support services for the programme,” a release from the group said.

Any fourth or sixth former may sign up for the programme online at seaalms.com/learn. Students will need a computer with a camera and microphone, and internet access with upload and download speeds of at least 1.5 Mbps. Students will also need parental consent to participate. Questions may be directed to hi@seaalms.com.


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