A small grant going a long way for Bethel Primary School Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 00:00

Stepping into the Bethel Primary School located on Freetown Road in Belize City, you’d know that this is one of the urban schools that is in most need. The school is the smallest we’ve ever seen with 77 students being taught in quite challenging conditions. The classrooms are divided with blackboards and armchairs compete with each other for limited space. On those blackboards there are still notes from the last school year with reminders of activities to take place just before school came to a close in July. Among those notes is the reminder of when report cards could be picked up.

Everyone knows that when report cards are issued there is an unspoken rule that fees are due. For Bethel it is no different, however most of the students who attend the school are of limited means and CFAL, Children First and Last Belize, an NGO, decided to assist with school fees for 17 of those students. Patricia Lamb, a representative of CFAL explained that a member of the organization had visited the school earlier on and was impressed with the work being done at the school but she also realized that there was a great need. Because the CFAL is about helping children in education and healthcare, the decision was taken to assist. With that, it was decided that school fees would be paid for 17 students who are selected by the school’s principal, Edward Logan. He says that the children were selected based on serious need and while there are those who are high achievers the majority of them fall in the category where financial assistance is needed.

CFAL was formed a few years ago and has concentrated in assisting children in various forms. They have given donations of fans to schools as well as made contributions to the Pediatric Cancer Fund. Their goal is to contribute to one large project per year and this year they selected Bethel Primary School.