New Government Primary School in Ranchito to benefit over 200 Students Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

An Official Ceremony to inaugurate Ranchito Government Primary School new building will be held on the school’s compound in Ranchito Village, Corozal District at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018. This is as a result of the Government of Belize recognising the critical role of primary education for social, economic, cultural, environmental and political development by way of empowering future leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to enhance Belize’s socio-economic development.

The Government of Belize funded the completion of a new 8-classroom, two-storey, ferro-concrete building and as well as the rehabilitation of an existing classroom building that houses three primary level classrooms and pre-school classroom courtesy of a grant of $1.1 million from the Caribbean Development Bank under the Basic Needs Trust Fund, BNTF7’s Education & Human Resource Development Sector with counterpart funding from the Government of Belize and the community of Ranchito who contributed in landscaping, security fencing and projectors.

The school project is aimed at increasing access and providing enhanced quality education for students in a more conducive learning environment as well as enable the school to address the increasing demand of enrollment and over-crowding.  It was implemented by the Social Investment Fund (SIF), an implementing agency of the Government of Belize which addresses the basic needs of Belizeans as enshrined in Government’s policy to alleviate poverty in the areas of education, water, sanitation, health, human development and social transformation.

In addition to infrastructure development, teachers and parents were trained in multiple disciplines in Information Technology, First Aid, and Parenting Skills Training under the Human Development Sector.

SIF in recognition of forging strategic partnership collaborated with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports in implementing this school project; the Ministry of Human Development, Transformation and Poverty Alleviation to facilitate parenting skills training through the Community and Parent Empowerment Programme (COMPAR), and with Corozal ITVET to train teachers in Information Technology.

The Government, in facilitating the empowerment of students, by way of educational excellence provided nine (9) computers for use by the staff, a surveillance system for classrooms and, laptops, risograph, photocopier, and 20 boxes of typing sheets.

The Scope of Works for Ranchito new Government Primary School entailed the completion of a two-storey building measuring 30 feet wide by 125 feet long inclusive of a Principal’s office, five-foot veranda at the front, male and female lavatories for students and teachers, an access ramp for persons with diverse abilities and a fence for security measures. The new building can also serve as a disaster shelter for Ranchito village.

Prior to the commencement of the infrastructure development, two buildings, housing eight (8) classrooms, were demolished yielding an approximate total classroom space of 4000 square feet, as well with the demolition of an existing sanitary facilities and a dilapidated reservoir used for storage is proposed as a part of this sub-project.

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