By Aaron Humes: The tiny village of San Pedro, Corozal District (not to be confused with its illustrious same-named cousin to the east) now has its own school building, funded by the United States Government through U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM).
Built at a cost of US$435,000, the three-classroom building comes with a four-stall restroom, an elevated water tank, and a sidewalk connecting the facility to existing structures. The project originated under the Beyond the Horizon 2020 initiative, a US SOUTHCOM humanitarian and civic assistance program comprising the construction of two educational facilities in the Corozal District as well as medical campaigns.
CEO in the Ministry of Education Dian Castillo-Maheia said, “We are grateful for the kindness and the generosity of the American people. Their contribution will positively impact the children of this community for many years.”
Representing the Embassy were Public Affairs Officer Adam Benz and Security Cooperation Officer Major Jason Booth. Benz reported, “The United States is a proud supporter of Belize’s efforts to get students back to face-to-face learning, whether through the donation of hundreds of thousands of Pfizer vaccines, or through this kind of important construction initiative that reunites teachers with their students in a modern learning environment… This donation from the American people is an investment in the future of Belize’s youth. It reflects the United States’ commitment to democracy, diversity, and equity, as we stand with Belize to help improve the quality of children’s education in rural communities.”
Additional U.S.-funded new construction is underway at the San Antonio Government School in Corozal. This educational facility is expected to be completed in April.