Albert division tapping into new areas for youth support Print E-mail
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Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00

Its back to school time and as parents and guardians go about getting their children ready for the new school year, it is not only they who are making preparations. Among those who also take on the responsibility of assisting children to return to school well equipped are Area Representatives. For the United Democratic Party reps its always about doing more for the children. One such area rep is Hon. Tracy Panton who is not only focused on helping children get back in school well equipped but her goal is always about doing more.

In order to do more however, it is about finding new avenues of assistance and on Wednesday August 16th, the Albert Area Representative was able to do just that. Courtesy of the Taiwanese government, Hon. Panton was able to secure $5,000 which will be used to provide school supplies to children in her constituency who would have ordinarily found it difficult to do so.

During a handing over ceremony she explained that herself and her constituency committee have been actively working at getting programs in place to assist residents of her constituency. She said that on this occasion the Embassy of Taiwan chose to assist in the back to school program. And as they did so she noted that they are currently in discussions with the embassy to get more assistance through the Regional Cooperation Fund to provide for more medium to long term programs. The focus of the programs are looking into areas of training as well as a resource center for after-school support as well as housing. The Taiwanese team is expected in the country in September and Hon. Panton said that she expects the Albert Constituency to be used as a pilot project for other constituencies particulary in the South Side of Belize City.

Even as this takes place there are already longer term projects being implemented in the Albert division including work at the House of Culture and other projects like the development of the Yarborough field.

For his part ambassador Charles K. Y. Liu expressed that  contributions by Taiwan was as a result of Hon. Panton’s lobbying efforts. He added that he was particularly happy to assist as the program being implemented is for the betterment of young people in Belize.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:09