Government allocates additional $4 million to expand Free Education program
March 13, 2023
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March 13, 2023

Minister of Education: Over 2,500 students to benefit from expansion of Education Upliftment project

Posted: Monday, March 13, 2023. 11:46 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: At Friday’s sitting of the House of Representatives, Prime Minister John Briceño announced that featured in the Government of Belize’s Medium Term Development Strategy and with the overarching goals of Plan Belize, an additional $4 million is being allocated to expand the Free Education Program to schools in the Southside of Belize City and in the Toledo District.

Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology, Francis Fonseca told BBN’s Zoila Gonzalez that this will expand the Education Upliftment project and will benefit 1,000 students in south side Belize City and 1,600 students in Stann Creek and Toledo districts.

The project is being expanded to 4 schools in Belize City and 5 schools in Southern Belize.

“Those funds will cover tuition, school feeding program for one meal daily, uniforms, and books and shoes as needed. In addition, we are providing $200 subsidies for 11,820 students for a total cost of $2,364,000.

The total population in high school is about 22,000.

So close to two thirds of high school population will be receiving some kind of financial assistance automatically,” Fonseca said.

Last year, the pilot project commenced for Gwen Liz, Sadie Vernon, Maud Williams and Excelsior high schools – all in Belize City’s south side with at risk neighborhoods and communities.


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